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Webinar: Best Practices for Supporting Children with Selective Mutism

  • 01 Jun 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom



Best Practices for Supporting Children with Selective Mutism (SM)
Presented by Annie DiVello, M.S., CCC-SLP, M.Ed 

June 1, 2024

Members: $10

Non-Members: $60


This interactive webinar is intended to deepen SLPs & SLAs understanding of best practices for supporting children with selective mutism. Attendees will be offered an overview of SM along with insights regarding the SLP’s role. An overview of the different treatment approaches will be provided and the ins and outs of private and school-based supports will be explored.

Presenter: Annie DiVello, M.S., CCC-SLP, M.Ed

Learner Objectives:

      Describe this most mysterious disability in your own words

      Name three feeling words to illuminate the inner experience of a child with SM

      Differentiate between SM and the silent acquisition phase of second language learning

      Clarify why students with SM qualify for supports under IDEA

      Explain why both private support and school-based supports are necessary

      State which treatment approach most resonates for you

Time Ordered Agenda:

10:00 - 10:30 AM: An Overview of Selective Mutism

10:30 - 10:45 AM: ASHA's Guidance on the SLP Role

10:45 - 11:10 AM: School-based Supports for SM

11:10 - 11:30 AM: Private Supports for SM

11:30 - 11:50 AM: The Difference Treatment Approaches

11:50 - 12:00 PM: Special Considerations

About the Presenter:

Annie graduated from West Virginia University with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Hungry to learn more about behavior, personality, the mind, and mental health, she went on to complete her M.Ed. with a focus in school psychology at Rivier University in 2022.

She has lived and worked with individuals all across the country including New England, West Virginia, Atlanta, and South-Central Los Angeles. Though she has worked with many populations, Annie’s particular area of clinical passion is selective mutism.

Annie is the Selective Mutism Association (SMA) State Coordinator for NH, MA, and ME.  She provides a variety of ASHA CEU trainings on the topic of selective mutism to school teams around the world. She is licensed in ME, MA, and NH and enjoys working closely with school teams in those states to create a collaborative “round table” model of support for students with selective mutism. Some of the school-based supports that she provides include school-based evaluations, 504/IEP goal writing & implementation, and consultations.

Annie is passionate about supporting school teams and about helping them bring their students’ brave voices to school. She feels that the ability to communicate is a beautiful gift and the foundation of human connection.

Annie lives with her husband, Gary, their daughter, Elizabeth, and their rescue pups, Abby and Chloe, in North Yarmouth Maine. In her free time, she enjoys reading books on mindfulness & self-compassion, practicing yoga, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Financial: Annie receives a salary as a Founder of Annie DiVello Consulting, LLC

Non-financial: Annie is a volunteer Selective Mutism State Coordinator for MA, ME, NH, and VT. She is a member of ASHA and is an ASHA CEU provider.

ASHA requires participation in the CEU Registry to receive CEUs. If you are not part of ASHA’s CEU Registry, the Certificate of Completion will serve as documentation for ASHA CMHs.

ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

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