A Year Like No Other
Mia Finds Her Voice
A young girl, unable to speak, finds her voice thanks to expert clinical care from the Child Mind Institute and ongoing support via telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mia Wagner came to the Child Mind Institute after struggling to say a single word at school throughout second grade. She was diagnosed with selective mutism. During the summer and into third grade, Mia received treatment from Dr. Janine Domingues, a clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Domingues met with Mia at the Child Mind Institute and at her school and worked closely with Mia’s teachers and family to teach them skills to support her.
In third grade, Mia spoke and smiled for the first time in school and made a lot of new friends.
Mia’s treatment was made possible by the Child Mind Institute’s financial aid fund, which is supported by generous donors. Today, despite the challenges of starting high school remotely, Mia continues to engage with confidence at school and maintain positive friendships.
At the Child Mind Institute, we provide world-class clinical care to thousands of children from across the country and around the world who, like Mia, need mental health support to reach their full potential. In March, due to the spread of the coronavirus, we temporarily closed our clinical centers, yet as anxiety and fear took hold, mental health care was needed more than ever.
The Child Mind Institute moved quickly to transfer existing patients to telehealth. Additionally, our clinicians began (and continue) hosting webinars and Facebook Lives in English and Spanish, offering support to hundreds of thousands of families and teachers around the country.
Today, our offices are open with new health and safety protocols in place and our clinicians are reaching more and more families through telehealth. As for Mia, she continues to see Dr. Domingues via telehealth every few months to touch base and receive guidance on navigating school, social and family life.
Learn more about how the Child Mind Institute is making change for communities and for individuals struggling with mental health.