SMA’s Founder and Director Emeritus, Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum, 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 using this method, we will help your child, tween, or teen build the social communication skills necessary for school, the real world, and at home.
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 S-CAT® based social communication strategies. The entire time your child is in treatment (15 hours over the course of three days) we educate, train, answer 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!”