Winter Adventure is a one-day intensive group treatment for selective mutism.
Similar to Adventure Camp, Winter Adventure simulates a classroom setting within a therapeutically supportive environment. Using exposure-based therapy, children are led through a series of verbal exposure opportunities that start small and grow larger as the day progresses. Each child has their own counselor who provides them with the scaffolding needed to meet each challenge, fostering confidence in each child.
Why do Winter Adventure?
Winter Adventure provides a one-day intensive dose of treatment that can serve to jump start traditional therapy, or it can also be a "booster" to therapy graduates, specifically Adventure Camp graduates.
If your child has started or is about to start outpatient therapy, Winter Adventure can help to expedite treatment. With the intensity of the lead-in sessions to prepare for camp days prior, as well as the six hours of intensive treatment done in one day, your child has the opportunity to accomplish as much results, or perhaps even more results, than what you can accomplish with 1-hr therapy sessions over six weeks. Exposure therapy research supports the notion that frequency and duration of sessions are keys to successful resolution of anxieties and phobias; we at ATS see that evidence first-hand in our work with SM kids.
If your child has completed Adventure Camp and you would like a booster dose to help rekindle their motivation, the one-day Winter Adventure camp can serve that purpose, too. Adventure Camp families and counselors remember all too well what a rush camp week was, and the way it invigorated and empowered the campers, parents, and even the counselors! But sometimes the momentum starts to wane mid-year. Winter Adventure is a great place to rejuvenate that rush to help keep campers motivated to face the rest of the school year.
If you are thinking about doing the one-week summer Adventure Camp 2016, Winter Adventure's one-day program can serve as a nice preview, allowing you and your child to see what it's like for one day.
November 2017- Winter Adventure Registration OPENS at 10AM CST (Early Registration for current patients begins one week earlier than general registration)
Mid-December- Parents will receive lead-ins schedule
First two weeks of January 2018 - Lead-in sessions will occur
1/15/18- Winter Adventure takes place on MLK Day from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm CST
- Each child is paired up with a trained counselor.
- Children are assembled in a simulated classroom to participate, with the suport of their assigned counselor, in the activities of the day.
- The day is structured like a typical school day, with circle time, free play, and snacks/lunch. In the afternoon, there will be a visitor from the community who will facilitate a group project.
- Each activity is designed to provide the children with the opportunity to practice "brave talking" and social interaction. Each approximation to speech is reinforced immediately by the child's assigned counselor.
- Children serve as models for each other; when they witness their peers making attempts to use their brave, they will likely try as well.
- At the end of the day, children cash in their reinforcements at the Prize Store.