Ruth Perednik is a senior psychologist and the founder of the Selective Mutism Treatment Center in Jerusalem. Her passion for selective mutism started over three decades ago, when her trilingual son suffered from this then-unknown condition. Since then, she has treated thousands of children and teens suffering from selective mutism, has published a book that has been translated in many languages and has been invited to give a TED Talk to share her innovative treatment approach.
This treatment is based on a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach which focuses on improved social communication, usually resulting in an excellent response within several months. In this integrative approach, the significant adults in the child’s world - such as the teacher, the parents, and the therapist - are all considered therapeutic agents for change, and whenever possible, carry out their own, complementary interventions, leveraging momentum for change and healing.
The Selective Mutism Treatment Center also provides extensive in person and online training programs for parents and mental health professionals, as well as lectures on Selective Mutism in English, Spanish, and Hebrew all over the world.
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