Children or teens with selective mutism (SM) and/or social anxiety experience significant discomfort surrounding social situations. Some individuals may be talkative at home, while appearing frozen in public settings, school settings, or with certain others. Given the circumstances of COVID-19 as an added burden, some children or teens are struggling to connect with teachers and classmates. The following child and teen groups are specially focused on navigating SM and social anxiety and on improving your child’s comfort speaking in public.
Teen Social Anxiety Group
A group for teens ages 14 to 18 to learn evidence-based techniques to cope with anxiety in social settings and increase positive interactions with peers and adults. Teens will apply skills to specific anxiety-provoking situations, such as asking questions, initiating conversations, and presenting to groups, providing opportunities to overcome anxiety while engaging in fun, interactive activities.
This group has options to participate virtually or in-person at our Chatham Township, NJ, office.
Registration is open to all families, new or current, on a rolling basis. New clients will complete an intake session prior to starting group.
Child Selective Mutism & Social Anxiety Group
Caring Cove is currently assessing interest in a group for families with children with selective mutism (SM) and/or social anxiety. Previously, we have conducted groups a focus on interactive and relevant activities to target your child’s increased verbalizations and positive interactions with adults and peers, using evidence-based approaches.
Groups are held in-person at our Chatham Township, NJ, office for children to practice skills in a real-life setting with peers. Each week, children will apply skills to specific anxiety-provoking situations, such as asking and responding to questions, taking attendance, reviewing the date & weather, and participating in an activity. Each child’s individual goals will gradually increase in difficulty, working up to a group presentation (e.g., Show & Tell).
Registration is open to all families, new or current. New clients will complete an intake and “fade-in” individual sessions prior to starting group. Please call if interested in learning more about this opportunity.