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Course Description & Learning Outcomes

Selective mutism: the mystery that we hear about in graduate school but most of us don’t quite know a lot about.  How can we better support students with selective mutism? What is our role as SLPs on the team? What accommodations do we need to consider in a school environment? How do we communicate and work with other professionals in this area? Dr. Aimee Kotrba walks us through all this and more in this week’s episode.

Learn more about Dr. Kotrba here.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the evaluative and diagnostic process for selective mutism

  2. Identify at least 1 strategies/action that caregivers, educators and communication partners can do to support children with Selective Mutism

  3. List the overall components of an intervention plan

  4. Identify appropriate social and academic expectations for students with selective mutism

Course Accommodations

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Course Presenters

Amy Kotraba, Ph.D.

Dr. Aimee Kotrba is a nationally-known expert and speaker on the identification and treatment of Selective Mutism, a childhood anxiety disorder, and loves working with families to promote “brave talking”. She is the founder of Confident Kids Camp, an intensive intervention for children with Selective Mutism. Dr. Kotrba has authored Selective Mutism: An Assessment and Intervention Guide for Therapists, Educators, and Parents and Overcoming Selective Mutism: A Field Guide for Parents. She is passionate about spreading awareness of Selective Mutism and other anxiety disorders in childhood/adolescence, and regularly conducts trainings and workshops on the topic. Dr. Aimee Kotrba financial disclosures: Dr. Kotrba is the founder of Confident Kids Camp and the owner of Thriving Minds. She has authored the book Selective Mutism: An Assessment and Intervention Guide for Therapists, Educators, and Parents and the book Overcoming Selective Mutism: A Field Guide for Parents. She is also the instructor for an upcoming workshop titled “Unlocking the mystery of selective mutism” offered through Thriving Minds. Dr. Kotrba non-financial disclosures: Dr. Kotrba does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

SLP/BCBA; SLP Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Speaker Disclosures

Dr. Aimee Kotrba financial disclosures: Dr. Kotrba is the founder of Confident Kids Camp and the owner of Thriving Minds. She has authored the book Selective Mutism: An Assessment and Intervention Guide for Therapists, Educators, and Parents and the book Overcoming Selective Mutism: A Field Guide for Parents. She is also the instructor for an upcoming workshop titled “Unlocking the mystery of selective mutism” offered through Thriving Minds. Dr. Kotrba non-financial disclosures: Dr. Kotrba does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose. 

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Amy is an employee of a public school system and co-founder for SLP Nerdcast. Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.



Time Ordered Agenda

15 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

25 minutes:  Review of the definition of and evaluative practices for Selective Mutism 

15 minutes:  Descriptions of strategies for caregivers, educators, and components of intervention plans

10 minutes:  Descriptions of social and academic expectations for students with selective mutism

5 minutes: Summary and Closing



Disclaimer

The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice.  SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated.  We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material.  We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle.  That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared.  If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! We'd love to hear from you!



Audio File Editing provided by Caitlin Akier, MA, CCC-SLP/L, Contributing Editor

Promotional Contribution provided by Paige Biglin, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor 

Web Editing provided by Sinead Rogazzo, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor



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We direct you to the resources available through Thriving Minds.

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