Treatment of Selective Mutism in Young Children Using Play Therapy

Approved for 4 Hours of Non-Contact Hours By Wonders Counseling (APT Approved Provider 12-321) & 4 NBCC Credit Hours by Jennifer Taylor | taught by Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S

Course description

This course teaches a prescriptive play therapy approach to treating selective mutism based on what the research says is most effective in treating young children including a combination of child centered play therapy, lightly structured play therapy and more directive cognitive behavioral play therapy and behavioral play-based interventions based upon the symptom severity measured by observations and reports using behavioral rating scales and interview consultations.

Learning Objectives: 

•Define the diagnosis of Selective Mutism (SM) according to the DSM-V.

•Explain the variance of symptom severity with SM with regard to demonstrated social skills. 

•Summarizewhattheresearchliteratureshowsregardingthetreatment of SM in young children.

•Name the 3 essential components of the assessment phase of treatment for SM and describe why each are important.


•List the 3 directives for caregivers and teachers when a child is in treatment.

•Describethe4degreesofsymptomseverityandname2play therapy interventions for each symptom severity presentation.

•Discuss the ideal termination process with children who have SM.

Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S
Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S
Guest Speaker

Lynn Louise Wonders is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, early childhood specialist and parenting coach.

She is the founder and director of Wonders Counseling Services, LLC, an APT-Approved Provider for play therapy continuing education offering clinical services, play therapy supervision and training as well as professional mentoring for therapists developing a career in play therapy.

Lynn is certified by Jack Canfield as a coach and trainer, offering seminars, small and large workshops and mastermind programs for therapists and other helping professionals online and in person world-wide.

Lynn leads a large community of play therapists from around the world on Facebook and has assisted well over 1,000 therapists in working toward RPT status and building thriving play therapy private practices.

Lynn has partnered with Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services for the delivery and management of this course.