Brave Bunch Summer Program for Children with Selective Mutism
The Brave Bunch Summer Program is a week-long intensive group program for children ages 3-9 who have been diagnosed with selective mutism or have difficulty speaking in social or school situations with familiar and/or unfamiliar peers and adults. The FIU-MINT Brave Bunch is modeled after the intensive week-long program developed by Dr. Steven Kurtz.
The FIU Brave Bunch Summer Program simulates a classroom, which provides guided opportunities for these children to interact with a number of new children and adults, participate in classroom-like activities (e.g., morning meeting, circle time, show and tell, group creative projects), engage in field trips (e.g., to the library, the park), and play socializing games that promote verbal participation (“brave talking”) and spontaneous speaking.
The children will have snacks and lunch together each day providing further brave talking and socializing opportunities. They will earn participation points throughout the day that will be traded in for small rewards at the Prize Store at the end of each day. We anticipate having availability for 30 children for each camp, so that we can help guide each child toward their individually-established goals throughout the program. Parents (caregivers and educators also welcome) will have the opportunity to participate in 8 hours of parent training in which they can work with trained therapists and role-play how best to support their child.
Prior to the start of the program, children will undergo a diagnostic evaluation and attend sessions with their therapist who will provide individual support during the FIU Brave Bunch Program. During these sessions, therapists will coordinate with other therapists to gradually have the children interact and become prepared for talking with their peers and other adults during the camp.
The 2017 Brave Bunch camps will be offered as part of a research program – families interested in participating as part of the research program will receive a discount of 60%-90% on the cost of the camp. Families participating as part of the research program must have a child between the ages of 5 and 9 and be comfortable being randomly placed (like the flip of a coin) in either the June or the July program and be comfortable completing some additional assessments/questionnaires.
June 26-30, 2017 and July 24-28, 2017
Paul W. Bell Middle School
11800 NW 2nd St.
Miami FL 33182
The cost of the camp is $2,800, however, Brave Bunch will be offered as part of a research program – families interested in participating as part of the research program will receive a discount of 60%-90%.
The cost of the camp includes a complete full psychological assessment before and after treatment, a report to document results of the assessments and participation in the treatment program, lead-in sessions prior to the camp, camp attendance, parent training during the week of the camp, teacher training, and 1 school consultation.
If you choose not to participate or are ineligible for the research study, a limited number of clinic spots are available at full cost ($2,800). A 20% deposit is required upon registration to reserve a spot (the remaining balance to be paid prior to the first day of the program). Please note this is on a first come, first serve basis and space is limited. Spots will not be reserved without an application and paid deposit. Payments can be made by check payable to FIU or via credit card by calling 305 348 0477.
HOW TO APPLY:
Contact the MINT program at 305-348-7836 for more information on the Selective Mutism program.