Location: Meadowbrook School in Greater Philadelphia, PA Area
SMA’s Founder and Director Emeritus, Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum and her team, uses her evidence-based treatment approach, Social Communication Anxiety Treatment® (S-CAT®), at the SMart Center’s CommuniCamp™ 3+ day Intensive Group Treatment and Parent Training Program to help children, tweens, and teens ages 3-17 with Selective Mutism, social anxiety, and extreme shyness.
Based on 20+ years of clinical experience treating Selective Mutism as a social communication anxiety that is MORE than just not speaking, we will help your child, tween, or teen build the social communication skills necessary for school, the real world, and at home. In addition to intensive parent management/training, S-CAT® integrates components of behavioral-therapy, Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and an insight-oriented approach to increase social communication and promote social confidence.
The CommuniCamp™ mission is two-fold: 1) Intensive Group Treatment and 2) Parent Education, Training, and Support.
Professionally trained counselors, under the direction and supervision of our lead clinicians, work directly with children/teens in a local school on social comfort and confidence to facilitate learning and exposure using evidenced-based social communication strategies.
While your child is in treatment within a real classroom school, we educate, train, role-play, answer your questions, and lead breakout support sessions so you (the parents and family members) can ask questions, share stories, receive support, and feel confident implementing the goals and strategies you and your child learned at camp as soon as you get home.
One parent shared of the full-day training sessions, “I am grateful beyond words for CommuniCamp™ and now being a part of this family, I feel hopeful and inspired by this experience with everyone involved in this process!”