Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder in which a child who is talkative at home is unable to speak in other social settings, such as school.
Left untreated, SM can:
- Impede academic achievement and socialization
- Lead to isolation and withdrawal from social gatherings
The Brave Bunch camp, the only SM program in the Southeast region of the United States, simulates a classroom environment and provides guided opportunities for children with SM 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)
- Play socializing games that promote verbal participation (“brave talking”) and spontaneous speaking.
Enrollment is limited and participants are selected through an evaluation conducted by staff. Referrals can be made by school personnel, mental health professionals, physicians or parents.
Costs associated with the camp are based on a sliding scale. During the application and screening process, each parent has an opportunity to meet with a representative who can answer questions concerning financial aspects associated with the camp.
The one-week camp will run June 25-29, 2018.
In addition to the summer camp session, individual services are also offered throughout the year. For more information, contact the MINT Program at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 305-348-7836 or visit their website.