Generalization in Selective Mutism Treatment: From Playdates to Community Exposures & How to Guide Parents
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Selective Mutism (SM) is a childhood anxiety disorder that is characterized by a persistent failure to speak in certain social situations, despite an ability to do so in others. The most typical place that a child with SM speaks is at home to family members; usually, the child is the most impaired at school, on playdates and during after-school activities.
This advanced workshop will provide clinicians with behavioral training for the treatment of SM. Techniques to build a foundation for the interventions will be explained, but the main focus of the workshop will be related to exposures for SM. Importantly, this workshop will highlight how to move from individual exposures with the child to more "real life" exposures, such as scaffolding playdates and community-based exposures. The workshop will draw from clinical examples, use videos when appropriate and discuss the important part of empowering parents as agents of change.
- Identify reasons for specifically targeting generalization in the treatment of Selective Mutism.
- Discuss 3 specific exposures designed to increase responsive speech.
- Discuss how to scaffold playdates to be more targeted toward speech.