Elisa Shipon-Blum Understanding Katie

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Understanding Katie

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Understanding Katie is a hands-on storybook written especially for children between the ages of 3-12 years of age who suffer from Selective Mutism and/or social phobia.

Selectively Mute/socially anxious children ‘cannot speak’ and feel afraid when they are in various social situations, such as school. This can be a very isolating feeling. Understanding Katie will help these children realize that they are not alone and there are others in this world who feel as they do. The goal for this book is to help Selectively Mute/socially anxious children identify with Katie’s feelings by reading about her trials and tribulations in ‘a day in the life of’ Katie. Children can color and draw on the illustrations as a means of expressing themselves and personalizing Katie.

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Elisa Shipon-Blum DO, is the President & Director of the Selective Mutism Anxiety Research and Treatment Center (SMART Center) located in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. She is the Founder & Director Emeritus of the Selective Mutism Group (SMG) and a Director of the Selective Mutism Research Institute (SMRI) a foundation established to study Dr. Shipon-Blum's theories and treatment methodologies on Selective Mutism. In addition, Dr Shipon-Blum is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology & Family Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a board certified family physician who specializes in Selective Mutism. Dr Shipon-Blum practices in Jenkintown, PA, and has developed Social Communication Anxiety Treatment (S-CAT)® from her years studying and researching individuals with Selective Mutism. She consults worldwide with families, treating professionals, and educators, and has helped over four thousand children from around the world overcome Selective Mutism. Dr. Shipon-Blum lectures throughout the country on the topic of Selective Mutism, performs school evaluations and trainings for treating professionals, educators, and parents, and is considered one of the worlds leading experts in the treatment and understanding of Selective Mutism. She has been a featured expert on national television programs such as 20/20, CNN, Inside Edition, and Good Morning America, as well as other local, national, and international television and radio broadcasts. In addition, she has been featured in TIME Magazine, People Magazine and has interviewed with newspapers such as the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Diego Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Palm Beach Post. Dr. Shipon-Blum is presently involved in multiple collaborative research projects with top researchers and clinicians. In addition to her research she has written numerous articles and books on Selective Mutism and anxiety including 'Easing School Jitters for the Selectively Mute Child,' 'The Ideal Classroom Setting for the Selectively Mute Child,' 'Understanding Katie,' 'Supplement Treatment Guide Book to Understanding Katie' and ' Selective Mutism and Social Anxiety Disorder in School .' She has also produced numerous DVDs on the topics of treatment and assessment of Selective Mutism, and the development of school accommodations and interventions for mute children. Dr. Shipon-Blum (or Dr. E as her patients refer to her) prides herself on being 'down to earth' and 'easy to speak to', and resides with her family in the northeast suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Notably, she is also the mother of a child, Sophie, who suffered from and overcame Selective Mutism and is the inspiration for the work she does each day.

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My daughter loves the book! She colored every page and read it everyday for weeks. She really relates to the Katie and her struggles but also felt as if she was not alone. I highly recommend this book for any child who suffers from Selective Mutism! Outstanding --K. Garber, NYC

This is an engaging coloring book yet tells a story. I loved this book and found it to be the best of the young child books since the story was so real. We really related to Katie. --B Ryan Smith

Highly recommend this book! Told an excellent story that my child really enjoyed. Finally, a book that really helps kids get it. We used this book to read to the class for our student with SM. The kids seemed to enjoy since it helped them understand why Sally was not talking in school. This book is great for younger kids up till maybe 10-12. older kids can relate but the story is more for younger children. --Mary salister MFT

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