Selective Mutism

Assessment and Treatment

Found to be more common than Autism in 2002 research...

One of the greatest challenges in treating children with Selective Mutism (SM) is the

complexity of their profile. Difficulty with self-regulation, engagement, affect, and

problem solving complicate the treatment process. This intermediate conference will

show how using the DIRFloortime™ Model to assess and treat children with

SM not only helps them start talking, but supports their ability to climb the symbolic

ladder. Strategies to support older children with SM will be addressed as well

as common struggles that impact families such as toileting, sleep, tantrums, and


Who Should Attend: Speech/Language Pathologists, Mental

Health Professionals, Educators, OTs, School Counselors, School Nurses,

Parents or anyone interested in the topic.

SELECTIVE MUTISM: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Assessment and Treatment

Friday, Jan. 10th, 9am-3:30pm

SERESC, 29 Commerce Drive, Bedford, NH, 03110

Registration starts at 8:30

Continental breakfast and lunch at SERESC

$165 for the day

Registration deadline on 12/30/13

Early Registration Cost: $125.00
if registration and payment are received by 12/23/2013

This course is offered for .5 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area)

8:30-9:00: Sign-in and continental breakfast


o Brief overview of SM

o Assessment of SM to develop child’s profile using the DIRFloortime™ Model

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:00: Treatment of SM using the DIRFloortime™ Model

12:00-12:45: Lunch


o Parenting struggles for children with SM

o Strategies to manage the struggles

2:00-2:15: Break

2:15-3:30: Older children with SM: What happens when we don’t intervene early enough?

3:30: Evaluations and Certificates


Participants will be able to:

o Assess a child with SM using a DIR profile

.o Develop a treatment plan based on a child’s Functional Emotional Developmental Level and Individual Differences

o Name three strategies to help an older child with SM

o List at least three methods to support struggles commonly encountered by families of children with SM

Presenter: Joleen R. Fernald, PhD/ABD, CCC-SLP, BRS-CL

Joleen R. Fernald, MS, CCC-SLP, PhD/ABD, BRS-CL is an Expert DIRFloortime Provider and Training Leader. She is an adjunct professor for Granite State College and is currently a PhD candidate studying infant mental health and developmental disabilities. Joleen has a special interest in the social emotional development of young children and its impact
on their speech and language skills. As a speech-language pathologist, Joleen works with children who have a variety of communication disorders. She partnered with Easter Seals NH in 2006 to begin an assessment and treatment clinic specifically for children with selective mutism.

Disclosures: Joleen Fernald, PhD/ABD, CCC-SLP, BRS-CL is a speech/ language pathologist who speaks regionally and nationally on the topic of DIR®/FloortimeTM and Selective Mutism. She partners with Easter Seals of NH to provide assessment and treatment for children with Selective Mutism. Joleen is the Coordinator of Continuing Education, Marketing, and Publications for ICDL, the governing organization which provides the DIR Floortime Training Program. She also receives compensation for this presentation. Joleen has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

How to Register and Payment Options



Payment must be received before attendance including those generated by Purchase Order.

  • Credit Card: MasterCard or Visa
  • Check: pay to the order of SERESC
  • Purchase Order


Cancellation should be made in writing. A full refund will be made for cancellations postmarked, or sent via email, 7 days before the event.

No refunds will be given for requests received after 7 days before the event, or for "no shows". We do accept substitution of another person at our conference. 24 hours of notification is appreciated.

All received registrations are subject to Cancellation/Refund policy. Cost of registration fee is still liable whether payment is paid or unpaid, if no notice of cancellation is received at least 7 days prior to the event.

If minimum requirement enrollment is not met prior to the early registration deadline, the event may be postponed or canceled.

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