Mar 7, 2024 - 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Teacher, Speech Pathologist, LMHC, Psychologist – Licensed, Psychologists – School, School Leader, Social Worker
Recent increases in the prevalence rates of Selective Mutism, a childhood anxiety disorder, has necessitated effective and efficient treatment. However, Selective Mutism can be challenging for even the most experienced therapist or educator. Many feel that Selective Mutism is untreatable, or incorrectly assume that just making the child comfortable or building rapport will result in a “cure” from the mutism. These well-intentioned assumptions can inadvertently result not only in a lack of progress for the child, but in an overall worsening of symptoms.
Behavioral intervention can allow a child to practice being brave, thereby increasing confidence and decreasing anxiety. This workshop breaks down behavioral intervention into small, manageable steps for use in-school and in-clinic intervention. Suggestions are provided for making therapy “fun” by incorporating enjoyable activities into treatment. Learn not only the nuts and bolts of behavioral therapy but also the art of making it effective with your patient or student with Selective Mutism. This session is applicable to personnel working in both classroom and related service settings.