drshelleyavny@gmail.com; 646.216.2190

260 Madison Ave

New York, NY 10016


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 thrilled to announce that we are expanding WeSpeak to include a three month follow-up intervention period to give kids the best chance of translating their progress to their home/school environment***



We are closely monitoring the current health status as it unfolds. If families need to make any changes due to COVID-19 before or at the time of WeSpeak, a full refund for the cost of WeSpeak will be issued.  Click here for ongoing WeSpeak updates.

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:

    • Advisory meetings

    • Skill of the day (e.g., coping skill, social skill)

    • 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

 Summer 2020 Session

Now includes three months of follow up services!

Aug 3-7 (lead ins July 30-31): 12-16 year olds


  • WeSpeak: $3,500 

    • Includes week-long intervention, parent training, and 3-month follow up ($2,500 due at the time of registration, $1,000 due one month before WeSpeak)

  • 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 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.