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. Offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs – 3.5 Contact Hours.
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Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
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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"All aspects of this webinar 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. (July 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. (July 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. (June 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)
“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. 2020)
“The presenter was clear and very interesting to listen to. I liked the specific therapy steps/approach.” – M.C. (Nov. 2020)
“The speaker was very knowledgeable and gave us real-world solutions and ideas to assist us in navigating this very complex disorder. For many years it has been passed off as "Psych-sematic" believing that language wasn't a problem, but this really lets you see all of the areas that can be greatly impacted and how we can intervene and assist the child, the parents, and the academic team.” – S.B. (Oct. 2020)
“I enjoyed all of it, but especially the examples of our role in not only evaluation/counseling but also therapy ideas. It was a great course! The speaker was very knowledgeable and gave us real-world solutions and ideas to assist us in navigating this very complex disorder. For many years it has been passed off as "Psych-sematic" believing that language wasn't a problem, but this lets you see all of the areas that can be greatly impacted and how we can intervene and assist the child, the parents, and the academic team.” – S.B. (Oct. 2020)
“I feel like this course addressed an area of the field of speech/language therapy that is less researched. With the changes over the past several years, shifting to a team approach to Selective Mutism, I appreciate having a better understanding of where I fit into the team.” J.C. (Sep. 2020)
“The therapy techniques for working with students with selective mutism, as well as evaluation techniques, and parent interviews were insightful. Fantastic course.” – A.A. (Aug. 2020)
"I really liked both the 'Example of CDI and VDI in Action' slides. They were informative. I received great information and resources that I have not seen in other presentations. Thank you for providing this." – C.B. (July 2020)
"This was an amazing course that provided real life therapeutic strategies that I can actually see myself using. Also, providing a clear hierarchy of how to begin to interact with an SM student was very helpful. I liked the real life examples to use in therapy." – S.B. (July 2020)
"I really liked the entire presentation, but I am thrilled to have the tools to provide assessment, treatment, and suggestions for all team members. Fantastic presenter!" – C.F. (June 2020)
"I loved EVERYTHING about this presentation!! It is honestly one of the most useful webinars I have done in years. The specificity of techniques to use for both assessment and treatment were exactly what I needed. We have so many students that are presenting with Selective Mutism in our district and our SLPs and School Psychologists didn’t really have a firm enough understanding of how to deal with their needs. This gained knowledge will help me to help them develop those skills!" – M.W. (June 2020)
"I like the description of how to do therapy with SM students and how to grow their communication. I liked the videos during therapy nad the instruction on how to communicate during those sessions." – M.V. (May 2020)
"The treatment techniques were most beneficial. I liked how practical and applicable it was for school based practice." – K.W. (May 2020)
"This course was comprehensive and well-planned! I appreciated how much detail was provided. I appreciated the specific examples of step-by-step treatment techniques. The videos and case studies were excellent opportunities to see the strategies in action." – B.H. (Apr. 2020)
"The presenter did an excellent job explaining the progression of treatment for children with SM. The specific activities and techniques that were suggested by the presenter were most beneficial." – A.M. (Apr. 2020)
"I liked that the course material was explained in a very simple way. Going over the Sequences of Intervention Steps when treating a child with SM was most beneficial." – R.O. (Apr. 2020)
"There were lots of good evidence-based resources and strategies shared during the course." – M.G. (Mar. 2020)