Freedom Camp is designed to provide intensive evidence-based treatment to help increase communication and verbalization for children with selective mutism in a fun and supportive environment.
To Be Announced
Cost includes the week of Camp and 1 Lead In session & 2 hours and 45 minutes of parent training. Payment is due at the time of registration to reserve 1 of 24 spots. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Flex Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts can often be used for these camps. Please check with your Flex Spending Account/Health Savings Account company.
Prior to Camp
Each child participating in Freedom Camp will be required to meet with a Camp Counselor prior to camp. The Camp Counselor will use evidence-based techniques to promote communication with the child. It is a requirement that children communicate verbally with a Camp Counselor prior to starting camp.
We will have classroom-like activities in a conference room at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton-- Pruneyard and go on field trips within the shopping center.
Catherine Eckel, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Los Gatos, California. She has also previously served on the Board of Directors for the Selective Mutism Group. Dr. Eckel has presented to parents, school personnel, and other mental health professionals on the topics of anxiety and selective mutism. She completed her clinical training at Boston Medical Center in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and at the Boston Veterans Affairs hospital. She was subsequently on the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Agredano is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with a private practice. She is also affiliated with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Dr. Agredano graduated from Stanford University with honors and attended Stanford Medical School. She completed her residency in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and continued at Stanford University in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.
Intensive Treatment Camp
Cost is usually less when compared hourly to traditional treatment
Gains seen as soon as one week
Warm up time is during the initial 40 minutes of each camp day. During the course of the week, there are approximately 3 hours of warm up time. This allows the remaining 22 hours of camp to be used for intensive treatment. This is important because about 88% of camp time is used for intensive brave talking work.
Interaction with other children in small and large group settings
Cost is typically more
Improvement seen over weeks
Each session has a warm up time and over weeks, the percentage of time used for intensive brave talking work is generally less when compared to camp
Weekly sessions are usually individual