Unspoken Words: A Selective Mutism Podcast by Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum

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Selective Mutism is a social communication anxiety disorder that can be incredibly difficult to navigate and often misunderstood. Fortunately, your host, Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum DO, has over 30 years in understanding and treating Selective Mutism.

This podcast serves to educate those who are either struggling themselves or know someone who is struggling. Listen along for tips, strategies, and everything and anything selective mutism.

For all podcast inquiries please contact Dakota Hornak at dhornak@selectivemutismcenter.org


DR. E’S RECENT GUEST APPEARANCE ON THE PSYCHED TO PRACTICE PODCAST (74-min): A few weeks ago, Dr. Elisa Shipon Blum had the pleasure of joining Dr. Ray Christner and Paul Wagner on the Psyched to Practice podcast. Psyched to Practice is a podcast designed to explore the far reaches of mental health. Dr. E and the podcast’s co-hosts covered a lot of great material on Selective Mutism and we want to bring everything discussed directly to our podcast feed.

Thank you, Dr. Ray Christner and Paul Wagner, for allowing us to bring this amazing episode to our listeners!

ASK DR. E #1 (26-min): If you follow us on social media or receive our monthly newsletter, you’re likely familiar with our ongoing Ask Dr. E segment. “Ask Dr E” is where our community can ask Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum any question they have on any topic relating to Selective Mutism. Since rolling out this segment in 2022, we have received some amazing questions. As a result, we are giving the segment more life by giving it its own series on our podcast feed! These Q&A-type episodes will be released once a quarter, and we can’t be more excited!

Relevant resources: Ask Dr. E a Question

EP 10, LIVE CHAT W/ PARENTS OF TEENS (45-min): Dr Elisa Shipon-Blum answers questions from a couple of parents of teenagers that had Selective Mutism. The discussion is moderated by CommuniCamp Director and Outreach Coordinator LisaMarie Vargas. Thank you to both parents who joined the show and for engaging in a thoughtful discussion with Dr. E and LisaMarie!

EP 9, SCHOOL-BASED ACCOMMODATIONS & INTERVENTIONS (75-min): Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum welcomes Jennifer Brittingham, LPC back to the podcast to discuss the general approach to providing effective school-based accommodations and interventions and why it’s important to have them. 

BONUS EP, LIVE Q&A PANEL @ COMMUNICAMP (73-min): This bonus episode features a live Q&A panel that was recorded at a recent CommuniCamp. In this episode, Dr. Elisa Shipon Blum moderates a five-guest panel of former patients and parents of patients who share their journey overcoming Selective Mutism.

CommuniCamp resources: Landing Page | Testimonials | Interest Form

EP8, HOLDIAY PREP (40-min): Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum sits down with co-host Alex Collins to answer some listener questions on how to best prepare yourself, child or teen heading into the holidays.

Relevant resources: Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum’s Holiday Preparations and Practicalities | What is Selective Mutism

EP7, The QUAD (99-min): Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum welcomes Jennifer Brittingham, LPC, back on the podcast to discuss the prevalence of eating, sleeping, toileting, and behavioral difficulties associated with Selective Mutism – otherwise known as the ‘QUAD’.

EP6, MEDICATION (37-min): Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum uses this month’s podcast episode to explain the reasons to consider the use of medication as an adjunct in the treatment of Selective Mutism. The SMart Center receives questions on this topic all the time. “Should I use medication?” “For how long should I use medication?” “What type of medication should I use?” “What’s the dosing of medication to use?” “When can I ween off?” “How do I ween?” Dr. E answers all of these questions and more in this month’s episode.

EP5, BACK TO SCHOOL W/ JENNIFER BRITTINGHAM LPC (70-min):  Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum welcomes Jennifer Brittingham LPC, a SMart Center lead clinician and school consultant to the podcast to discuss all things back to school! From preparing your child/teen and their teachers, to the comfortbuilding strategies that help with progression of communication, to how to educate the school, to determining IEP & 504 plans, this episode is jam-packed!

EP4, THE SOCIAL COMMUNICATION BRIDGE® (BONUS FAQ; 61-min): We received so many questions after our two-part episode on The Social Communication Bridge® that we decided to record a BONUS episode and answer some of them! Dr. E and co-host Alex Collins answer ten questions over the course of this 61-minute episode.

EP4, THE SOCIAL COMMUNICATION BRIDGE® (PART 2; 26-min): Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum continues her discussion on The Social Communication Bridge®. Dr. E and co-host Alex Collins discuss how to ‘transition’ from nonverbal to verbal communication, key strategies within the school setting, how to bridge up or down to reduce anxiety, and much more!

EP4, THE SOCIAL COMMUNICATION BRIDGE® (PART 1; 35-min): Learn all about Dr. Elisa ShiponBlum’s popular visual tool, the Social Communication Bridge©. Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum and co-host Alex Collins discuss how and why the Bridge was developed, how to determine an individual’s stage of communication on the Bridge, key strategies to progress across the Bridge, the importance of respecting which stage an individual is on the Bridge, and much more!

EP3, COMORBIDITIES OF SELECTIVE MUTISM W/ DR. VERA JOFFE (Part 2; 38-min): Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum continues her conversation with Board Certified Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist Vera Joffe Ph.D., P.A.. Dr. E and Dr. Joffe discuss bilingual/multiculturalism, being an immigrant, social anxiety, auditory processing, and more!

EP3, COMORBIDITIES OF SELECTIVE MUTISM W/ DR. VERA JOFFE (Part 1; 35-min): Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum welcomes Board Certified Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist Vera Joffe Ph.D., P.A. to the podcast. Dr. E and Dr. Joffe chat about the why’s of Selective Mutism, Factors that can lead to the development and maintenance of Selective Mutism (speech and language, timidity, sensory processing, etc.), strategies and treatment recommendations, and more!

EP2 S-CAT®: A Whole Person Approach (44-min) – On this episode of Unspoken Words, Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum (‘Dr. E’) goes into detail about the philosophy and strategies that make up S-CAT®, her evidence-based Social Communication Anxiety Treatment® approach. Dr. E also unpacks the WHYs of Selective Mutism that are essential to understanding what is causing and maintaining the condition. This whole person approach respects an individual’s unique needs and their stage of social communication.

EP1 More Than Mutism (26-min) – In the first episode of Unspoken Words, Dr. Shipon-Blum describes how she got to where she is today and why Selective Mutism (SM) is such a misunderstood diagnosis. She is so excited to be sharing her expertise with you! Welcome to Unspoken Words.

Related Resources: What is SM?

Dr. E’s Guest Appearances