We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and working hard to remain optimistic, while still prioritizing the health of our families and community. As providers who feel a responsibility to care for our campers and families, we want to proceed with great caution and refrain from imposing any additional risk. Further, OU Health Sciences Center has suspended all in-person events through the end of July.
Thus, at this point we are unable to safely run our onsite MMK-OKC as planned (July 23-27).
While we are saddened by the cancelation of this coming camp, we want families to know we are working diligently to organize and offer alternative camp dates in the near future.
MMK-OKC is designed to give children hundreds of “guided exposures” with trained staff (including licensed counselors and child psychologists) and volunteers to help them speak while doing activities specifically created to facilitate speaking. Activities are paired with rewards and prizes to encourage “brave talking” from the children.
The immersion-based camp is unique in that in just a few days, children have thousands of guided opportunities to speak in a safe and supportive environment. Children are involved in simulations of real-life experiences in the classroom, at the doctor’s office, and in public or with family. For example, physicians donate their time to practice what takes place during a doctor’s visit for a child to become comfortable speaking during medical exams and with adults. These opportunities and the environment in which they take place are often the catalyst for children to speak – they are in a group of children just like themselves who are struggling with the same thing.
While their children are involved in fun, but targeted activities, the parents receive mutual support from other parents, learn skills to use every day, have opportunities to speak with medical professionals about their children and their struggles, as well as practice support skills designed to help their children build on the progress made during the week. One important benefit of the time parents spend together is the relationships they form with other parents going through the same struggles and with the parents who have children who are now speaking and strengthening their skills. Both the children and their parents form important friendships with those attending the camps – most importantly, the children and parents realize that they are not alone on the journey to conquer SM.
We love helping children find their brave voice! In order to sustain our services, we ask families make an $800 donation to Children’s Hospital Foundation. Most specialized camps for children with selective mutism charge $3000 for camp, plus additional charges for intake sessions, assessment, and lead-in appointments. It is common for many families to spend thousands of dollars on treatment, so we are delighted to offer camp and training for families at a reduced amount.
All two hour lead-in sessions
Five day camp program
Four day parent training and coaching
Post camp follow-up call to discuss next steps
Donations can be made to:
OU Child Study Study Center
1100 NE 13th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Attention: Andrew Mellon
*Checks should be made out to Children’s Hospital Foundation with “SM program” in the memo line
Where Have Campers Come From?
Over 3 years, MMK-OKC has not only provided services to families all over Oklahoma, but also to four surrounding sates as well as Hong Kong, China. Our mission is to continue to serve families from our state and those in surrounding states that have a gap in intensive SM services.