The abilities to communicate needs, socialize, work in groups, and make friends are desperately needed to succeed in elementary school and beyond. Children with untreated selective mutism are at an increased risk for self-esteem issues, depression, school failure, social skill problems, and school refusal. Early and evidence-based therapeutic intervention is of the upmost importance to decrease anxiety and increase communication in children with selective mutism. Through the use of case studies and video examples, you will learn how to identify and assess for selective mutism and what school and mental health professionals can do to help. Interventions are broken down into small, easily understood steps that you can immediately use with patients or students. You will practice role-plays to learn practical techniques for increasing speech and helping children control their anxiety.
Aimee Kotrba, Ph.D., uses interactive discussions and humor through stories and anecdotes to describe the process of treatment and her years of experience working with children with selective mutism. Discover useful ways to intervene with even the most difficult cases. Leave not only with a specific, successful treatment plan for your individual cases but also with the knowledge to teach others in your workplace or community about selective mutism.
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Aimee Kotrba, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the expert assessment and treatment of Selective Mutism and Social Anxiety. She earned her doctorate degree in clinical child psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Currently, Dr. Kotrba directs Thriving Minds Behavioral Health Clinic in Brighton, Michigan, a specialty clinic dedicated to effective treatment for children with Selective Mutism.
Dr. Kotrba serves as the president of the Selective Mutism Group (SMG) Board of Directors and as the psychological expert for a local Selective Mutism parent support group. Dr. Kotrba is the author of Selective Mutism: An Assessment and Intervention Guide for Therapists, Educators & Parents (PESI, 2014) and her work has appeared in numerous media outlets, including Parent Magazine and MetroParent Magazine. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and regularly offers local and national workshops on the identification and treatment of Selective Mutism for parents, professionals, and school personnel.
Financial: Aimee Kotrba maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Aimee Kotrba is the president of the Selective Mutism Group board of directors. She is the psychological expert for a local selective mutism parent support group.
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