Group treatment for Selective Mutism is offered in the clinic for children and teens who are looking to reach new talking goals with same-aged peers and therapist support. The format of the group reflects challenging parts of the daycare/school day, including both structured and unstructured activities. Challenging seasonal activities, such as lemonade stands, trick-or-treating, or school performances are also incorporated. It is a great opportunity to practice new skills in a safe space where every group member understands what your child/teen is going through. Parents also have the unique opportunity to connect with other families working through similar challenges.
Preschoolers have the opportunity to practice a range of daycare/preschool activities including morning meetings/circle time, singing songs with a group, participating in group activities, and free time to practice approaching peers and engaging in unstructured activities.
School-age children will additionally practice show-and-tell, paired activities (e.g., science experiments) and group projects (e.g., creating a seasonal play or talent show to present to family members).
Tweens/teens are provided opportunities to connect with peers and practice a range of social skills through games. They are supported and encouraged to ask questions to their peers, answer when ‘called on’ in front of peers, jump in to group discussions, and share information. They also practice presenting to the group and taking questions.