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Assessing and Treating Selective Mutism in the School Setting (PD102558)

Presenter(s): Emily R. Doll, MA, MS, CCC-SLP
Course Description

This session explores effective techniques and resources to help children with selective mutism (SM), an anxiety-based disorder that significantly impacts a child's ability to speak in certain contexts, make progress in school and beyond. The speaker reviews myths and facts about SM and explores the SLP's role in working with children with this disorder. The session includes assessment tips, evidence-based treatment strategies, and ways to support carryover of skills to other contexts and with caregivers and school staff. The speaker shares sample goals, psychoeducation techniques, and activities to use in intervention.

This course is a recorded session from the 2022 ASHA Schools Connect online conference.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Describe characteristics of SM and the SLP’s role in assessing and treating the disorder
  • Create and implement an intentional and evidence-based assessment and treatment program tailored to the individual needs of a student with SM
  • Demonstrate evidence-based treatment techniques for students with SM

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View all courses from the 2022 Schools Connect online conference.

Presenter Information

Emily R. Doll, MA, MS, CCC-SLP/L, is a school-based speech therapist at Colonial Intermediate Unit 20. Her primary interests are in the influences of psychological factors, such as anxiety, on children's speech and language development. Emily currently serves as the Speech Pathology Representative and Secretary of the Selective Mutism Association's Board of Directors. She has presented on selective mutism at national, state, and local conferences and has participated as a team member in the treatment of many children with selective mutism and other comorbid diagnoses, ranging in age from preschoolers to teenagers. She is the author of several webinars on the topic of selective mutism, as well as the book, Treating Selective Mutism as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Financial Disclosures:
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Author royalties for book published in September 2021

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of Board of Directors of Selective Mutism Association

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by September 6, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Online conference dates: July 13–25, 2022
Content origination date: July 13, 2022
End date: September 6, 2027

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.15
Item #(s): PD102558
Available Through: September 06, 2027