Mighty Mouth Kids Camp

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Summer 2022
1st Session: August 8-12, 2022 (older)
2nd Session: August 15-19, 2022 (younger)” align=”Center” font_weight=”300″ text_color=”#168fce” title_size=”h4″]
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We are thrilled to announce that we are offering Summer 2022 Mighty Mouth Kids Camp!

Kurtz Psychology has been flexible throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the needs of the selective mutism community while also ensuring everyone’s health and safety.  We have run both in-person and online telehealth SM camps during the pandemic.

In addition to the typical classroom exposure that our kids get to practice, we are laser-focused on getting you, the parents, confident in your own SM treatment skills so that you can serve as your child’s “therapist” beyond camp.  The online format affords many families, who are otherwise unable to travel to NYC, the opportunity to participate in camp (state licenses permitting). The ages we serve this year will depend on the demand by our parent consumers for their children. While typically we serve 3-9 yr olds in non-COVID times, we need to be more restrictive this year due to the pandemic. Please contact our team for a no obligation appointment with one of our therapists to see if this is a good fit for you and your family.

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Mighty Mouth Kids (MMK) is the SM Group Intensive model that Dr. Kurtz pioneered as the Brave Buddies model at the NYU Child Study Center in 2009 and later brought to the Child Mind Institute in 2010.
Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC is committed to improving the lives of children with selective mutism (SM) and their families. We are constantly developing new ways to spread awareness about SM, enhance treatment outcomes and improve long-term functioning, and disseminate our resources and knowledge to others.
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Parent training (all sessions remote): The week of July 25th-29th, 2022

Lead-ins: The week of August 1st-5th, 2022 for both the younger and older groups

Group meetings: Friday, August 5th, 2022 probably 12:00 – 1:00 and 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST 

Camp Dates: August 8th-12th, 2022 for older children and August 15th-19th for the younger children

(*onsite groups and sessions are subject to changes based on prevailing CDC and New York State pandemic guidelines in effect at the time of the camp)

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  • Intensive group treatment for children with SM
    • In-person camp: age ranges will likely be 3-7 and 6-9
  • Replicates a school/camp setting with 1:1 counselor to camper ratio (allows goals and needs to be individualized)
  • All activities involve practicing verbalizations with adults and peers, with the primary goal being to generalize talking to all people, in all places, during all activities
  • Parent Involvement
    • In-person camp:  parents serve as their child’s counselor for two of the five camp days to improve their skills and maximize generalization beyond the camp week
  • Parent training and live parent coaching are also included
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  • Total Cost for the Winter 2022 5-Day camp was $4050. The cost includes:
    • 1-2 hour, parent-only evaluation session with a clinician
    • Baseline observation session with parent and child, done remotely as needed
    • First 2 hours of lead-ins
    • 1 hour Friday pre-camp group session
    • The 5-day camp program
    • Parent training and coaching that starts before camp
    • A 50-minute follow-up call to discuss feedback and next steps
  • Additional camp lead-in sessions will be billed separately at $250 per hour. Most campers end up needing 2-4 hours of lead-in sessions total. Some need more depending on severity and their response to treatment which varies from child to child.
  • We offer a reduced cost of $3425 for current KPCPC families who have already had their two-hour, parent-only evaluation and one-hour baseline.
  • Payment plans and financial aid are available on a limited, need basis.
  • Insurance reimbursement: We do not participate in any insurance plans but gladly provide you the detailed, itemized documentation for you to submit to your insurance company.
  • Refund policies for Mighty Mouth: A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold your child’s spot for the program. Full payment is required 30 calendar days prior to the start of the lead-in sessions, unless a written and signed payment plan is in effect.  There is no guarantee that somebody will take your place from the waiting list. No fees can be kept on account to be applied to future programs. If you withdraw for any reason, including COVID concerns, prior to 30 calendar days prior to the start of the lead-in sessions, all but $500 of paid fees will be returned to you.
  • If you choose to withdraw within 30 days of the start of the lead-ins week, for any reason including  COVID concerns, and we are unable to fill your spot, we will credit up to $1000 of received payments to the next available Mighty Mouth camp we run, which is usually twice per year but we do not provide refunds. If you are on a payment plan and have not yet paid $1000, nothing will be refunded or credited to future programs. If we are able to fill your spot on the short notice within this 30 days, we will refund all but $1000.
  • COVID Pandemic and Illness: Families should consider waiting until the pandemic is over if they are not prepared to risk their changing their minds about participating. We are committed to following CDC Guidelines for running the program, including the requirement that all persons of age for vaccination do so and provide evidence of same. We strongly advise obtaining whatever trip cancellation insurance you can and being mindful of the cancellation policies of any travel plans you make.
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  • Dr. Kurtz trained team of professionals in 11 different locations to replicate this innovative model including 7 US cities, as well as teams in Canada and Hong Kong.
  • Professionals from all over the world have come to study the program with Dr. Kurtz.
  • This SM treatment model was featured on ABC’s Nightline program and PBS’s Keeping Kids Healthy.
  • Selective Mutism Learning University was created by the Kurtz Psychology Team as the first and only web-based course to teach caregivers, teachers, and other professionals the same skills that are used in the Mighty Mouth Kids program.
  • Mighty Mouth Kids is continually revised based on ongoing program evaluation; for example we recently added live parent coaching to help with generalization.
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  • Complete the Mighty Mouth request form below and a staff member will be in touch within one business day.
  • Contact the SM Intensive Program Coordinator directly at 212.658.0110, exit. 124 or via email at info@kurtzpsychology.com.
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Interested in becoming a counselor? Visit our Training webpage.

Kurtz Psychology has trained other sites to provide this same intensive camp model for younger children with SM. The map to the right shows the places we have trained and continue to collaborate with in 3 countries on 2 continents.

If you are interested in getting your site trained, please email Dr. Kurtz.

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