Services for Children and Adolescents:
Treatment for fears and specific phobias
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder using Exposure and Response Prevention
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; strengthening executive functioning skills, developing listening, effective communication skills, problem solving, and emotional regulation.
Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors specifically, Trichotillomania and skin picking or Excoriation
Sleep difficulties in children and parasomnias
Fears associated with chronic constipation and bowel movements
School Advocacy: Dana has 10 years of experience as a school psychologist and assists parents navigating special education or to obtain accommodations and modifiations through a 504 Plan.
Dr.Dana's List of Resources for Parents of Children with Selective Mutism:
No Cost Parent Support Groups:
1. Selective Mutism Parent Support Group; monthly parent meetings. Email Kathy Slattery to be included on the list for group meeting dates and activities. Meetings are held in Arlington Heights, Il.
How to Locate Clinicians who are Trained or Specialize in the Assessment and Treatment of Selective Mutism:
Selective Mutism Association
Selective Mutism Foundation
Illinois Specialty Clinics Providing Intensive Programs as well as Assessment and Treatment:
Lists providers serving Illinois
Out of State Specialty Clinics With Intensive Programs:
Dr. Kurtz is an expert in the field of research and treatment of selective-mutism. His clinic is located in New York.
He provides several free training/ online workshops for professionals and parents who want to learn more about supporting children through his SM Learning University. He aslo provides assessment and treatment. He has modified the Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) model for treating selective mutism.
You can learn more about Parent Child Interaction Therapy or obtain training if you are a treatment provider at http://www.pcit.org/continuing-education2.html
Also known as Child Mind Institute in New York
They provide assessment and intensive treatment programs simulating classroom settings and include outings in the community to increase communication, comfort, and confidence.
They also provide FREE on-line workshops and training.
Boston University Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders
They provide child intensive programming and summer camps.
Also known as the Smart Center located in PA.
The founder, Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum is a physician who struggled acquiring appropriate treatment for her daughter with selective mutism. She is the author of several books that are widely used and has created several assessment instruments as well as conducts research on treatment outcomes.
Services: assessment (Social Communication Bridge), treatment implementing the Social Communication Anxiety Treatment (S-CAT) approach, teletherapy, and CommuniCamp/ intensive classroom simulation.
Books and Authors
Selective Mutism An Assessment and Intervention Guide for Therapists, Educators, and Parents, by Aimee Kotrba, Ph.D.
Easing School Jitters for the Selectively Mute Child by Elisa Shipon-Blum, OD.
The Ideal Classroom Setting For the Selectively Mute Child; A guide for Parents, Teachers and Treatment Professionals ‘Understanding the Selectively Mute Child’; Second Edition by Elisa Shipon-Blum, OD.
The Selective Mutism Resource Manual; Second Edition by Maggie Johnson and Alison Wintgens (this book was written and published in London, UK. And includes phrases spoken in the United Kingdom). This is a great resource!
Growing Up Brave, Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety by Donna B. Pincus, Ph.D.
The Silence Within, A Teacher/Parent Guide to Helping Shy and Selectively Mute Children by Gail Goetze Kervatt
Learning to Play the Game My Journey through Silence by Jonathan Kohlmeier