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Updates on the latest clinical offerings from our centers in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.

December 15, 2022

With the holiday season upon us, it’s helpful to remember that social gatherings can be very challenging for kids with anxiety and behavioral disorders. This is particularly true for children struggling with selective mutism (SM).

Some kids with SM may express their worry or discomfort, while others may show it through their behavior (including meltdowns, whining, and clinginess). One strategy for parents of kids with SM is to be proactive and have a discussion with your child about expectations at family parties/ large gatherings.

Click here for tips on how to support these kids during the holiday season.

To learn more about treatment options for children struggling with anxiety or to schedule an evaluation, please reach out to us today.

Matthew Cruger, PhD
Associate Clinical Director; Clinical Neuropsychologist


Brave Buddies® Program

Brave Buddies® is an intensive behavioral treatment program designed to help children 3-12 years old with selective mutism (SM) speak in school and other public places.

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How Does Anxiety Affect Kids in School?

There are many different kinds of anxiety, which is one of the reasons it can be hard to detect in the classroom. Sometimes anxiety is easy to identify — like when a child is feeling nervous before a test at school. Other times anxiety in the classroom can look like something else entirely.

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When Should Medication Be Used to Treat Selective Mutism?

Roy Boorady, MD, Senior Director and child and adolescent psychiatrist discusses how combining medications and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be effective for older children struggling with SM.

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Visiting Professor Lecture Series

Real-World Implementation of Evidence-Based Treatment

Sarah Kate Bearman, PhD, from the University of Texas, will discuss improving the effectiveness and implementation of empirically supported practices for youth and families in low-resource publicly funded settings.


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