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Brave Bunch

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 Summer Treatment Program, the only SM program in the Southeast region of the United States, is a week-long intensive group program for children ages 4-10 who have been diagnosed with selective mutism or who have difficulty speaking in social situations at school, in public, with unfamiliar people, and/or other contexts. The camp 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. 

 

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Eligibility

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.

Cost

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.

Dates

The one-week camp will run June 20-24, 2020.

In addition to the summer camp session, individual services are also offered throughout the year. For more information, contact the MINT Anxiety Program at themintprogram@gmail.com, call 305-348-7836 or visit their website.