This workshop aims to deliver world class selective mutism (SM) knowledge to all. All health care professionals and educators including the SLPs and CDAs are welcomed to attend this one day workshop. You will learn all about SM and know how to create an individualized school-based intervention program along with pedagogical approaches to help your students to start speaking in school. Topics of discussion include causes of SM, various intervention technique including those with phsychoeducational and pharmacological components. Successful studies, including Dr. Bork’s 8-week program within the school setting will be highlighted.
A major part of your child’s mutism is a learned adjustment to his/her (anxiety-provoking social) environment, and been reinforced over time. In order for your child to break the mutism cycle, his/her social environment requires gradual and structured modification. While SM is most predominate inside the school and the focus of the intervention should occur within the school to treat “symptom at its source”, parents must be prepare to become the interventionist outside the school. This workshop will arm parents not only with empirical based knowledge but also those of Dr. Bork’s (mother of 3 children with SM) personal experience of helping her children overcome SM.
This workshop aims to disseminate various empirical-based treatments for SM, along with detailed information of the pros and cons of each. Specific information such as etiology, prevalence, onset as well as diagnostic criteria will be discussed. Also, specific in-patient and out-patient treatment techniques along with a detailed discussion of a multi-model treatment approach that are rooted in behavioural, psychological, and biological mechanism. Specific modalities including various exposure based, modeling, and when to involve medication (and which type) will be discussed.