Expert Evaluation and Treatment for Selective Mutism
The therapists at Thriving Minds are highly trained and experienced in the treatment of Selective Mutism, a childhood anxiety disorder. Children with Selective Mutism have great difficulty speaking or communicating in public or social settings (school, extracurricular activities, extended family), but can speak in comfortable situations (e.g., in the home or with immediate family). Thriving Minds offers weekly treatment, school consultation, parent training, and intensive interventions at both of their locations. Visit www.selectivemutismtreatment.com for more information.
Intensive In-Clinic or In-School Intervention:
Many children need more intensive intervention or intervention directly in the location where muteness is occurring – the school setting. Weekly treatment session in the school can take months of even years, and this can be critical time lost both academically and socially for a child with Selective Mutism. New research is finding that intensive interventions are a wonderful option for children with Selective Mutism. Intensive intervention can be 3, 4, or 5 days in length, and typically entail 4-6 hours of intervention each day (including evaluation, direct intervention with the child, parent training, consultation with the school/current psychotherapist, etc.). Carried out in the clinic or the child’s school, these behavioral interventions:
reduce warm-up time
allow for faster progression toward speech (4 days as opposed to months or years!)
may reduce the need for a long-term pull-out program (and the potential disruptions to the child’s schedule that individual intervention involves)
returns the child to adaptive, appropriate functioning more quickly
reduces frustration of lengthy treatment
For more information and price estimates, or to find out more about our treatment options for Selective Mutism, visit www.selectivemutismtreatment.com/intensive-treatment/.
Confident Kids Camp
Dr. Aimee Kotrba and Katelyn Reed, M.S. are excited to bring Confident Kids Camp to Michigan - an intensive day camp experience for children with Selective Mutism. Confident Kids Camp is a 5-day, intensive therapy program designed to help prepare children with Selective Mutism for the upcoming academic year. This camp utilizes one-on-one support and group therapeutic techniques in simulated classroom environments to give campers the opportunity to practice verbal communication skills with other children and adults.
Each child will be paired with an adult counselor, trained by Dr. Kotrba in behavioral intervention. Daily camp activities attempt to mirror a regular classroom day, with the goal of significant increases in verbal communication through practice, shaping, desensitization, and rewards systems. These significant increases have been shown to generalize well to child's school setting when they return soon after the end of camp.
Space is very limited to provide personalized treatment for each child. Reserve your spot NOW! or more information or to register, visit www.confidentkidscamp.com.