“Last week the Child Mind Institute hosted 22 children with selective mutism (SM) and their families as part of the weeklong Brave Buddies summer program. During these exciting and intense five days, which followed the contours of a regular school day, children who could previously speak in few, if any, social situations outside of the home made remarkable progress. By the end of the week these brave and wonderful children were ordering ice cream by themselves from complete strangers! At the same time, their parents attended training sessions to learn the skills that will ensure that gains made in this inspiring week are not lost during the school year.”

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