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. 

**We are hoping to run a full in person WeSpeak program in December 2020. If we are not able to run the program in person, we will be running the next program in Summer 2021. ​**

***We are thrilled to announce a WeSpeak extension that includes a three-month follow-up intervention for the next in-person program to give kids the best chance of transitioning their progress to their home/school environment.***

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 

  • First intensive program to create a structured follow up schedule that allows for the gains made during the 5-day program to be built upon and generalized to the home environment once families have returned home

  • Three month structured follow up includes:

    • individual family consultations

    • practice video groups

    • group parent training

  • 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 2020 Session


December 26-29 (lead-ins Dec 22-23)


  • WeSpeak: $3,000, including

    • Four-day group intervention

    • Parent training

    • 3-month, multi-modal follow-up services

    • Families who also participated in virtual summer program will receive a discounted cost of $2,500 for December

  • Diagnostic Screener: $500-700  (1.5-2 hrs)

  • Lead-In Sessions: $400-$800 (depending on severity)

Lead-In Sessions

  • Focuses on getting your child verbal with mentor, other adults, and peers

  • Establishing comfort during lead-ins prepares them for higher speaking demands during WeSpeak

  • Significantly increases the likelihood of success

WeSpeak Mentors

If you are interested in being a WeSpeak mentor for the December session, please click here for more information!

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