Selective Mutism

PA center supports emotional and speech needs of children with SM

Children who have selective mutism are social and verbal in some situations, like at home around familiar people, but completely mute in other social situations, like at school or in public places.

Since 2002, the Selective Mutism Anxiety Research and Treatment Center (SMart Center), Jenkintown, PA, has been meeting the emotional and language needs of children with SM. Led by Elisa Shipon-Blum, DO, the center provides care and has been carrying out research on the disorder, alongside research consultant Evelyn R. Klein, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-CL, associate professor, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Science, La Salle University, Philadelphia.

ADVANCE visited the center to find out more about selective mutism and the role of the speech-language pathologist in caring for these children. Learn more from Shipon-Blum and Klein in this video.


useful in providing information for management of disorder and providing resources

patti leebove,  SLP,  Isaac SchoolsAugust 24, 2014
Phoenix, AZ

This article was very helpful in my research on selective mutism. thank you

carolyn rhinesJune 30, 2012
Santee, CA


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