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3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Selective Mutism: Practical Strategies for S-LPs

The language used in the description reflects the language of the session.

The recording for this live session will be available for viewing until May 16, 2022 only.

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder affecting approximately 1% of children, with huge effects on their social, emotional, and academic lives. Recent research supports the use of behaviourally-based therapies including techniques such as shaping and fading (e.g., Bergman et al., 2013; Catchpole et al., 2019, Cornacchio et al., 2019). For treatment to be effective, good coordination between school professionals, treating professionals, and parents is needed. Speech-language pathologists are ideally placed to help inform educational professionals about evidence-based treatment and are well qualified to deliver the treatment itself (time permitting). In this practical, engaging workshop, the following will be discussed:

  • an overview of Selective Mutism including comorbidities relevant to S-LPs
  • current evidence-based best practices in assessment and treatment of Selective Mutism
  • a brief overview of treatment components including warm up, encouraging speech, and fading in
  • best practices for coordinating with other team members
  • general 'tips and tricks' from a seasoned practitioner
  • an overview of resources that can be shared with educators and parents alike

The didactic portion of the workshop will be 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of “Q&A style” discussion. This workshop will be relevant to S-LPs working in school settings as well as those in private practice.



Intended Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists, Communication Health Assistants, Students

Age Group(s)

Pre-School (0-4), School Aged (5-17)