As a physician, Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum ("Dr. E") views Selective Mutism (SM) as a social communication anxiety where mutism is merely a symptom. The key to an effective treatment plan is understanding factors into the development and maintenance of SM as well as understanding a child’s baseline level of social communication on the Social Communication Bridge©. Then, working as a team, the treatment professional, parents, and school staff members help the child build coping skills to combat anxious feelings and to progress across the Social Communication Bridge©.
Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum is the developer of the evidence-based S-CAT® (Social Communication Anxiety Treatment®) approach to SM. Dr. E has successfully treated over 5,000 children and teenagers with Selective Mutism, Social Anxiety, and related disorder using S-CAT®. Currently, the SMart Center (located in Jenkintown, PA) is the only treatment facility that implements S-CAT®.