Helping kids with selective mutism find their voices
Brave BuddiesSM is an intensive group behavioral treatment program designed to help children ages 3 to 8 with selective mutism (SM) speak in school and other public places. We create a classroom-like setting that offers children a safe environment to practice verbal participation, or what we call "brave talking." Prior to Brave Buddies, children participate in "lead-in" sessions, which introduce them to the staff they will be working with and help them practice brave talking.
Brave Buddies is offered as a multi-day intensive program twice a year, and as one-day sessions several times throughout the year. The Brave Buddies day is structured like a typical school day, with morning meeting, craft and sport activities, meals, and field trips to places like the library and the park. The staff guides children through progressively more challenging activities, prompting them to use verbal responses and speak spontaneously as they play with other children and adults. Each Brave Buddies day ends with a trip to the Brave Buddies prize store—a chance for children to practice buying a toy on their own with the points they've earned for brave talking.
One-day sessions, which run from 9:00am to 2:00pm, are still accepting registrations for the following dates:
- October 30, 2015
- December 18, 2015
- April 29, 2016
- June 17, 2016
Multi-day intensive programs, which run from 9:00am to 2:00pm on consecutive days, are being offered on the following dates:
- 5-day program in August 2015 runs Monday, August 10, through Friday, August 14, at Columbia Grammar and Prepatory School
- 4-day program in February 2016 runs Saturday, February 13, through Tuesday, February 16 (Presidents Day weekend) at 92nd Street Y Nursery School
- 5-day program in August 2016 runs Monday, August 8, through Friday, August 12, at 92nd Street Y Nursery School
Parent training is a crucial part of Brave Buddies and runs from 9:30 to 11:00am each day.
If you are interested in joining us from out of town or are new to the Child Mind Institute, please contact our intake team at 212.308.3118 or request an appointment to discuss treatment options. If you are a current or former patient of the Child Mind Institute, please fill out an application.
One-day sessions : Child Mind Institute, 445 Park Avenue at 56th Street
Multi-day programs: 92nd Street Y Nursery School, 1395 Lexington Avenue in NYC or Columbia Grammar and Prepatory School, 5 West 93rd Street in NYC
Children diagnosed with selective mutism (SM) between the ages of 3 and 8 are invited to join Brave Buddies. Multi-day programs are open to current, former, and new patients who have been determined to be eligible by the clinical team at CMI. Day-long sessions are for current and former patients only. We offer a number of treatment options for children not eligible for Brave Buddies. Click here for more information.
August five-day program: $2,500 prior to May 31, 2015 (early registration); $2,750 June 1, 2015 or later (regular registration)
February four-day program: $2,400
One-day sessions: $600
Parent training sessions are included in the program fee. Caregivers and educators are also welcome to attend. Please note that payment must be received in full to reserve a space in Brave Buddies.
If a participant cannot attend a multi-day program after registering for it, a refund of the program cost minus a $300 non-refundable deposit will be given provided the cancellation is made 30 days prior to the start date of the program. If less than 30 days notice is provided, we will not be able to extend a refund.
If a participant cannot attend the one-day session after registering, a full refund will be provided if the cancellation is made with 30 days prior notice. For cancellations with less than 30 days notification, no refund will be provided.
HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION:
If your child is a current or former patient, please submit an application here for our one-day and multi-day programs.
Enrollment is determined on a first-registered, first-served basis.
If you are new to the Child Mind Institute, please contact our intake team at 212.308.3118 or request an appointment through our online form. They will guide you through an explanation of our selective mutism service and help you determine whether Brave Buddies is right for your child.