Overcoming Selective Mutism is possible!
Selective Mutism is an everyday struggle for many individuals of all ages in all types of settings. We believe that an effective assessment and treatment approach is critical for success in overcoming this disorder. The SMart Center’s S-CAT® Program is an evidence-based treatment (thanks to funding from SMRI) that has been used to successfully over 6,000 individuals world-wide. Here are a few of their stories.
Help us treat more families like these with your contribution!
How often do we hear…
“He’s just shy. He’ll grow out of it soon…” “I think your daughter has Selective Mutism but I’m not sure how to treat it…” “Johnny is refusing to speak and we can’t assess his learning.” “Erica is being completely defiant and won’t speak to us. We need to put her on medication for her behavior…”
In a world where evidence-based treatment and training programs are readily accessible to every individual affected by Selective Mutism, the misguided statements above would not be delivered to families in need of help by doctors, the education system, and other treatment professionals.
Contributions made to SMRI will stimulate and sponsor much needed scientific and clinical research in Selective Mutism and to provide financial support to advance training, education, and research into the understanding, early diagnosis, and treatment of Selective Mutism.
Specifically, funding will be used:
- to give more families Mr. B Scholarship Awards to provide financial assistance towards S-CAT® services and S-CAT® treatment programs such as CommuniCamp™.
- for pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and institution-based researchers to study various aspects of SM that are currently misunderstood due to lack of published data.
- to hire research staff, including statisticians, to continue gathering data, statistically analyze all data, and write research papers for publication.
- to seek out relevant research being conducted by other institutions and will support this work through collaboration and recruitment of participants.