WeSpeak is an internationally-recognized behavioral group intensive for tweens/teens with selective mutism (SM) that Dr. Avny developed in 2016 to meet the high demand for services for these older kids. 


WeSpeak has changed the lives of youth and families worldwide. 

Our Virtual WeSpeak program - run in August and December - has been a tremendous success! We are planning to continue offering virtual sessions between the in-person ones. 

The next in-person WeSpeak is tentatively planned for summer 2021. We will continue to provide updates as the public health situation further develops. 

About WeSpeak:

  • Simulated school based on the structure and expectations of middle- and high-schoolers; all activities target verbalizations with adults and peers that mirror the demands of this age group 

  • One-to-one mentor model builds continuous and individualized practice into engaging and real-world "school" and social activities

  • Individualized goals are established prior to WeSpeak and adapted each day according to status and progress

  • Activities include:

    • Individual daily advisory meetings to set goals for the day

    • Education about anxiety and skills practice in relaxation, identifying and challenging anxious thoughts, initiating and maintaining conversation, and imperfection

    • Academic or specials class (e.g., partner/group work, answering/asking questions, presenting)

    • Social exposures (e.g., typical hang-outs)

  • Parent training is provided to teach parents ways to help their kids carry the momentum forward after WeSpeak

WeSpeak Mentors

If you are interested in being a WeSpeak mentor,

email Dr. Avny at dravny@caapanxiety.com

We are committed to doing ongoing research to better understand how to best help youth with SM. 

BBC WeSpeak Documentary

Harriet Shawcross, an award winning documentarian, spent a week with WeSpeak families and Dr. Avny, to gain an understanding into selective mutism and this unique treatment intervention.  


Child & Adolescent Anxiety Practice

E: dravny@caapanxiety.com, Ph: 646-216-2190 

260 Madison Ave, 8020, New York, NY 10016