Presenter: Emily R. Doll, MA, MS, CCC-SLP/L
Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder which profoundly affects social/pragmatic language skills and falls under the Speech-language Pathologist’s scope of practice. This presentation will discuss characteristics of SM, review the role of the SLP in working with preschool and school-age students, provide assessment strategies, review important factors to consider in planning treatment, and provide practical suggestions of activities to use in therapy sessions.
Course is offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs – 3.5 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 3:30:10
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The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"Effectively assessing children with SM. I liked the application to working with children in schools." M.L. (Dec. 2023)
"The hierarchy of progressing towards independent speech production was helpful. The charts were also very helpful." L.C. (Nov. 2023)
"The stages and techniques to use with students who have selective mutism were beneficial. Many wonderful resources, including free resources. Great to have videos showing therapy in action." K.T. (Nov. 2023)
"The entire presentation was well done - very informative and helpful for both assessment and treatment. Detailed information." C.R. (Nov. 2023)
"I liked the treatment section with the video examples. So helpful to get specific examples of goals, tx activities, and resources." L.L. (Nov. 2023)
"Discussing CDI vs VDI was helpful. The info was presented in an easy way to understand and apply." C.R. (Nov. 2023)
"Having worked with several students with Selective Mutism in the past, I found this discussion quite informative. Knowledge of Child-Directed Interactions and the VDI Question Sequence are particularly beneficial to Speech Pathologists working with SM students in therapeutic, classroom, or clinical settings. Many of the visual graphics and videos were very helpful in supporting the key points discussed in this presentation. I was also impressed with the amount of detail the presenter went into regarding each SM student and how that affects their treatment program. This was a great course on Selective Mutism." C.F. (Nov. 2023)
"The treatment progression was beneficial. This course was easy to listen to and follow - very specific." C.B. (Oct. 2023)
"Treatment strategies and information for families was beneficial. I liked the knowledge and manner of the presenter." M.L. (Sep. 2023)
"The concept that there is no neutral response, and that we are either strengthening the bravery cycle or the anxiety cycle was beneficial. I liked learning the basics about SM and how to approach therapy." M.E. (Aug. 2023)
"Specific guidelines for therapy. All of this info will help me provide EBP. " K.A. (Aug. 2023)
"The difference between treatment approaches with CDI and VDI was beneficial. I liked the video examples with commentary on what to do." S.W. (Jul. 2023)
"All of this content is excellent. I can put it directly to use." L.A. (Jul. 2023)
"This course was very organized and engaging. I found the information about scaffolding to be the most beneficial. Provides a step-by-step of how to move these children to being verbal communicators. The presentation provided a lot of good resources." M.L. (Jul. 2023)
"The presenter gave several resources and detailed treatment options that I can begin using in my daily practice. I liked all of the examples, case studies, resources and treatment ideas." M.J. (Jun. 2023)
"The topics of CDI and VDI were extremely helpful as well as the videos demonstrating both. I was very unsure how to work with a student on my caseload who fits the profile of SM and seeing how easy it really is to treat with these excellent models was beneficial." D.B. (May 2023)
"This course was very well organized and executed. I enjoyed the entire course. The explanations, video models and case studies were very beneficial to my understanding and subsequently wanting to put these methods into practice." D.B. (May 2023)
"I liked that this course showed videos for how to do each task. I hope to use this content with Middle School Kids. I liked the video examples." T.P. (May 2023)
"This course dove more deeply into actual treatment approaches and ideas than any other course on SM for SLPs that I have come across. This was very helpful. I have already recommended it to another SLP. I liked the specific treatment ideas, examples, and videos." C.P. (Apr. 2023)
"I liked the specific treatment suggestions and strategies. Good organization paired with specific examples and treatment approaches." E.D. (Apr. 2023)
"The review of assessment and the examples were really thorough, and I liked how the presenter gave additional resources to further enhance understanding of this topic." L.F. (Apr. 2023)
"I liked the strategies for working with individuals with Selective Mutism." A.V. (Apr. 2023)
"Learning our role in assessing and treating selective mutism was beneficial." A.C. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the speaker’s delivery." A.B. (Mar. 2023)
"The fact that it is anxiety based; how important that is to remember, and the communication bridge as well as the screener in the handouts. Loved the handouts and ease of understanding the material." M.E. (Feb. 2023)
"LOVED all of it. Ax and tx strategies for SM. Discussion about the negative reinforcement and how to discuss this with teachers and parents." C.J. (Jan. 2023)
"The presenter was thorough and explained all areas well. I liked the discussion on goals and accommodations." M.F. (Jan. 2023)
"The whole presentation taught me a lot of material about SM that I can use. I liked everything." A.B. (Jan. 2023)
"I found the treatment section to be most beneficial as it gave me new ideas for current sessions I have with my patient. I appreciated the different visuals/charts provided." W.R. (Dec. 2022)
"Learning what is and what is not SM. I liked the hierarchy of language complexity and therapy ideas." K.G. (Dec. 2022)
"Awareness of multi-professional and parent involvement; dietary/biochemical issues; anxiety triggers were beneficial. I liked the intensity and scope of information." E.H. (Dec. 2022)
"Clear, concise, practical information." S.B. (Dec. 2022)
"I appreciated the information on selective mutism, the assessment of clients, and the resources for treatment. I liked the assessment strategies and practical suggestions of therapy activities." S.D. (Dec. 2022)
"The use of videos for demonstration purposes was excellent! I was able to see what mistakes I need to avoid when treating SM patients. I liked all of it! Course was well presented, with actual information and video demonstrations." Y.R. (Nov. 2022)
"Course was specific and descriptive enough in both providing information for diagnosis and treatment so that I could easily transfer the information into my daily practice. Thank you, so much!" L.A. (Nov. 2022)
"SLP role in working with kids with SM and treatment strategies were helpful. Handouts available as well." L.H. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked all the resources and videos." E.M. (Nov. 2022)
"I appreciated the valuable content - very informative! I appreciated the thorough examples, recommendations & videos." M.B. (Nov. 2022)
"The general information for my practice was beneficial." K.S. (Oct. 2022)
"The flow of this course is excellent!" B.B. (Sept. 2022)
"I especially appreciated the videos showing CDI and VDI being implemented and the breakdown of the techniques used in each. I also appreciated the many links to handouts and additional resources." R.M. (Aug. 2022)
"I really liked the information on ways to respond to the child and to engage them in conversation without asking questions or just talking to myself to fill the gaps. Lots of great info. I LOVED that I could speed up the replay, that is so amazing." M.B. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the way the course was organized. It also helped the person giving the course was a school SLP. All aspects of the course were very good and relevant." V.K. (Aug. 2022)
"Very helpful for working with selective mutism. Good presentation order." J.H. (July 2022)
"There were a lot therapy ideas. I liked the step by step incremental increase on how to increase complexity of therapy." M.B. (July 2022)
"I found the Assessment and Treatment sections of the presentation to be the most beneficial. I found The Social Communication Bridge to be important for both parents and clinicians. I really enjoyed the videos showing CDI being used correctly and incorrectly and VDI being used correctly and incorrectly. This really helped me to understand." L.C. (June 2022)
"Clear presentation. Well organized and useful examples. I liked the breakdown of treatment strategies with video examples." J.F. (June 2022)
"Very relevant information for my caseload." C.M. (June 2022)
"The course was very organized and descriptive. The progression of therapy was very helpful, in relation to child-directed interactions vs. verbal-directed interactions, and how/when to use these techniques. I really liked the examples given throughout the course, including the example of what a therapy session might look like. I have a preschool student who might have SM, and I feel more equipped to work with her now that I understand more about SM and various techniques I can use with her to encourage communication." M.M. (June 2022)
"I thought it provided a lot of really helpful information on what SM is, how to treat it, what my role as an SLP is, and it gave good resources." R.L. (June 2022)
"It was most beneficial to talk about treatment. I liked that she gave videos to practice identification of skills." C.H. (June 2022)
"Very well organized, videos to see techniques in practice, case studies, and concrete examples to utilize in therapy." C.D. (May 2022)
"The information regarding assessment and treatment of SM was very beneficial." E.M. (May 2022)
"I liked the intervention strategies and hierarchy of treatment approaches. Lots of good information." R.P. (Apr. 2022)
"It was all very informative from the assessment information to the treatment. Lots of good practical information. I loved the specific examples of videos and how you can incorporate SM into groups with other students. I liked the resources to utilize, specifically free resources to use with parents and teachers as well as some I can use." E.D. (Apr. 2022)
"The anxiety portion helped me so much in so many different aspects as well as helping different students! The pace was amazing and I learned so much about selective mutism that I never knew before!" K.M. (Apr. 2022)
"It was very clear, organized, and gave good tips on how and/or what to use in your practice." S.C. (Apr. 2022)
"I enjoyed the entire course. The content was sequential and easy to follow. The PowerPoint had the important information listed. The presenter was fluid and easy to understand. And I was able to access this course as my day allowed." E.E. (Mar. 2022)
"It was very thorough and included tons of resources." N.A. (Mar. 2022)
"Very thorough content, use of videos and case examples." J.M. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the therapeutic discussions. It was especially helpfully to not only have a discussion of the therapy, but to see videos with it done well and less well. It was well-organized and beautifully descriptive with pertinent examples/videos." L.M. (Dec. 2021)
"The course was very informative! I learned a lot!" A.C. (Dec. 2021)
“This course was full of resources that I will share with my colleagues and use in my practice. In particular, I will use what I learned about CDI and VDI when working with students with selective mutism.” K.W. (Dec. 2021)
"The presenter provided information about assessment and therapy approaches. It was very thorough and provided a great deal of helpful information. The videos were very helpful." S.H. (Nov. 2021)
"I found the discussion on how to assess and treat students with selective mutism most beneficial. I really enjoyed learning about the possible causes of selective mutism. It was very interesting." E.F. (Oct. 2021)
"Very thorough presentation of the characteristics, assessment, and treatment of the disorder." P.M. (Oct. 2021)
"Easy to follow slides and video examples." C.W. (Oct. 2021)
"Very informative." M.B. (Sept. 2021)
"I have a student with Selective Mutism and everything will be extremely helpful! This is a student who recently became my student and they were not receiving any direct services prior and now I feel much more confident in how to offer therapy for him." C.C. (Sept. 2021)
"All aspects of this course will be helpful - from the assessment to the treatment. The resources cited were especially helpful. It was nice to be able to listen to the lecture at my own rate with the handouts printed to refer to." K.H. (Jul. 2021)
"Basically all the information was beneficial. The presentation was very comprehensive and videos were helpful. The speaker was well informed and presented everything a therapist needs to know in order to best serve SM and families. I did like hearing about CDI skills and VDI skills and how to implement them." E.V. (Jul. 2021)
"The specific therapy techniques, including CDI and VDI interactions are beneficial for my daily practice. The course had a very thorough discussion of selective mutism and interventions." P.S. (Jun. 2021)
"It included practical ideas that can be implemented right away." K.B. (May 2021)
“I liked that the techniques and interventions for S.M. can be carried over into a variety of therapies (e.g. Early Intervention and treating language delays). Also, breaking the myth that SLPs should not treat S.M., learning how to identify it and being given specific methods of treatment.” E.P. (Apr. 2021)
“The visuals and charts were very helpful. Also, the assessment questionnaires were helpful. The course was very easy to understand while also being really informative.” G.Z. (Feb. 2021)
“This course clarified my doubts on this topic and will help guide me to select the best course of action for assessment and treatment.” D.D. (Jan. 2021)
Emily R. Doll, MA, MS, CCC-SLP/L, is an elementary school speech therapist. She has worked on a number of research projects in administration, data collection, and data analysis roles. Her previous research has examined the validity of preschool screening measures; the impact of parent-child interactions on language abilities in children with hearing loss; longitudinal academic outcomes for children with speech or language impairments; and differences between student and teacher perceptions of bullying. Her primary interests are in the influences of psychological factors, such as anxiety, on children's speech and language development. Emily currently serves as the Speech Pathology Representative on the Selective Mutism Association's Board of Directors. She has presented on selective mutism at national, state, and local conferences, and has participated as a team member in the treatment of dozens of children with selective mutism and other comorbid diagnoses, ranging in age from preschool to middle school.
Financial — Emily Doll is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Emily Doll serves as the speech pathology representative on the Selective Mutism Association's Board of Directors.
Nonfinancial — Emily Doll serves as a volunteer at the Child Mind Institute's Brave Buddies SM Treatment Program.
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