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Integrated Behavior Therapy for Selective Mutism


“INTEGRATED BEHAVIOR THERAPY FOR EXCLUSIVELY-ANXIOUS SELECTIVE MUTISM: A NONCONCURRENT MULTIPLE BASELINE DESIGN ACROSS FIVE PARTICIPANTS” 
 FAMILIES NEEDED
 The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University is looking for five young children and their families to participate in a study investigating the effectiveness and acceptability of Integrated Behavior Therapy for Selective Mutism (IBTSM). 
  IBTSM is an innovative approach to SM treatment that encourages children to overcome their fear of speaking through weekly therapy sessions and speaking exercises to be completed at home, in the community, or at school.  Caregivers play a key role in IBTSM as they will be facilitating a majority of these exercises.  
 
 
If you are the caregiver of a child who: 
 - is between the ages of 4 and 8 - presents with symptoms of selective mutism (SM) and anxiety when expected to speak to certain people - does not have a history of speech/language delays or oppositional behaviors  - is not receiving other psychosocial or medication treatment for these symptoms
 your family may be eligible.  
 The study will consist of weekly one-hour sessions over the course of 16 weeks.  Treatment sessions will be conducted by a licensed graduate student intern who has been trained in behavioral therapy for treating SM.  All fees have been waived for participating families and insurance will not be billed. Families will be compensated $200 for their involvement, for some travel fees, and for rewards to support therapy.   
 To express interest or receive additional information, please contact the study coordinator: Allison Siroky at sirokyal@msu.edu