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Selective Mutism Workshop Series

  • Climbing the Ladder: Practicing Brave Talking Skills

    The heart of selective mutism (SM) treatment is helping children to do "brave talking" in a variety of situations through graduated exposures. Laura Kirmayer, PhD, MSW, 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.

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  • Selective Mutism 101

    As the field of psychology has become more advanced and scientific in its approach, our understanding of selective mutism symptoms and treatment has improved. Rachel Busman, PsyD, director of the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute, will lead 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.

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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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  • Building Brave Muscles: Behavioral Treatment for Selective Mutism

    Laura Kirmayer, PhD, 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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  • 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, PhD, 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.

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  • A Team Approach to Selective Mutism Treatment

    This workshop provides an overview of how to develop a collaborative relationship with the school for selective mutism treatment.

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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, & Bilingual Issues in SM

    Although selective mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder, not a disorder of speech or language, associated communication disorders (articulation or phonology, expressive or receptive language) may occur. As such, a speech-language pathologist can be an important advocate and member of the treatment team.

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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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