WeSpeak is an intensive behavioral group intervention for tweens and teens with SM and significant social anxiety. Simulating all aspects of the school and social environment, WeSpeak provides middle- and high-schoolers the opportunity to practice talking across a variety of contexts – targeting many of the verbal and social demands/expectations of this age group. WeSpeak uses a one-to-one mentor model so that each child has a trained adult working with them to provide support and guide their practice. The program is overseen by Dr. Shelley Avny, who serves as the “lead teacher” and conducts daily advisory meetings with each of the kids. Goals are highly individualized, and exposure practices are done carefully and systematically to ensure that kids are building confidence and skills as the progress. Parent training is also included, so that parents can learn the necessary tools to support and coach their kids after the program.
*Note: The December session is for 13-15 year olds. A February session will be offered for 10-12 year olds.
Shelley Avny, PhD
Child & Adolescent Anxiety Practice (CAAP)
260 Madison Ave, #8020, New York, NY 10016