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Selective Mutism Workshop Series

  • Climbing the Ladder—Targeted Practice in Selective Mutism Treatment

    The heart of selective mutism (SM) treatment is helping children do "brave talking" in a variety of situations through graduated exposures. Laura Kirmayer, MA, associate psychologist and director of the Brave Buddies program at the Child Mind Institute, will explain the whys, whens, and hows of exposure therapy so that parents and professionals can effectively guide children up the ladder. Additionally, she will help parents and teachers create their own portable brave talking kits and integrate graduated exposures into daily routines. This workshop will build on the core skill sets covered in the prior workshop, Building Brave Muscles.

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  • Building Brave Muscles: Behavioral Treatment for Selective Mutism

    Laura Kirmayer, MA, associate psychologist and director of the Brave Buddies program at the Child Mind Institute, reviewed the behavioral skills that are crucial for effective treatment.

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  • Selective Mutism 101

    Rachel Busman, PsyD, director of the Selective Mutism Service, leads an in-depth discussion on the diagnosis of selective mutism, debunking the unfortunate myths and misunderstandings that continue to impact children challenged with the disorder and covering the history of the diagnosis.

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  • Hear Our Voices: Individuals Who Have Overcome SM

    Join us for a panel of individuals who lived with SM and learn about their varied paths to overcoming it.

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  • A Team Approach: Collaboration and Coordination with Schools

    Laura Kirmayer, MSW, covers the importance of developing a team approach to weekly communication on interventions and progress, how to increase the rate of generalization of skills across settings, successful implementation of strategies and techniques in the school.

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  • Research Update: What Do We Actually Know At This Point?

    Raquel Cumba, PhD, discusses how research has influenced the way we think about selective mutism and what research suggests about SM treatment strategies, including the role of medication as part of an overall treatment plan.

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  • Language & Communication: Speech-Language Perspectives

    In this workshop, Rachel Cortese, MS, CCC-SLP, MSEd, shares what we know about the connection between speech, language, and selective mutism.

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  • Climbing the Ladder: Creating and Implementing Approach Tasks

    Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP, explains the whys, whens, and hows of exposure therapy so that parents and professionals can effectively guide children up the ladder.

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  • Building Brave Muscles

    A review of the current behavioral conceptualization of SM and introduction to the behavioral skills that are crucial for effective treatment.

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  • Selective Mutism 101

    With the recent release of the DSM-5, we celebrate that selective mutism has finally been appropriately placed within the Anxiety Disorders category.

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