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.


EP5, BACK TO SCHOOL (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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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?

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