Treating Selective Mutism as a Speech-Language Pathologist

ID number
Online - at your computer

Your home or school
Any, IL 00000
United States

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Selective mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder in which children are able to communicate appropriately in at least one context, but struggle in other settings or with other communication partners. SM profoundly affects social/pragmatic language skills, as well as academic and social-emotional skills, and treatment of this disorder falls under the speech-language pathologist’s scope of practice. The current presentation will discuss characteristics of SM and the role of the SLP in working with students with SM, review evidence-based treatment approaches and techniques, provide guidance regarding how to progress through therapy for children with varying severity levels of SM, discuss specific activities that can be utilized in therapy, and provide attendees with the opportunity to practice new skills and techniques.

Emily Doll
Learner objectives

Participants will:

1. Describe characteristics of selective mutism and the speech-language pathologist's role in assessing and treating selective mutism
2. Plan and carry out an effective assessment protocol to determine the student's strengths and areas of need
3. Implement an intentional and evidence-based treatment program tailored to the student's individual needs

Intended audience
Administrator, Early Childhood Special and General Educator, Early Intervention Personnel, Family Educator, Family Member, Occupational Therapist/Physical Therapist, Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech/Language Therapist, Teacher Assistant
Contact hours
State Performance Plan Indicator Alignment
SPPI 7 - Early Childhood Outcomes
Gateways training stage
Training topic area
Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Interactions with Children, Special Needs/Inclusion
Gateways to Opportunity content area
Interactions, Relationships and Environments