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.
Based on the status and projections of the vaccine rollout, we are planning on returning to the in-person WeSpeak model in August 2021!
All adults, including parents and mentors, must be fully vaccinated in order to participate
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
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 now includes three months of built-in follow-up services!
Designed to target the transfer and maintenance of gains in the home/school/community setting
Includes monthly individual/family consultations, biweekly video group practices, and monthly parent training
Upcoming WeSpeak Session
Dates: August 2-6, 2021 (lead-in sessions July 29-30)
Location: Princeton, NJ (exact location TBD)
Cost: $3500 for the five-day intensive + three-month follow up services
(intake and lead-in sessions are additional fees)
We are currently accepting mentor applications for the
in-person August WeSpeak!
Graduate students and professionals interested in obtaining training and experience in working with older youth with SM are encouraged to apply.
Click here for to learn more about the WeSpeak mentor experience.