Outcomes for Confident Kids Camp DC Metro

Outcomes for Confident Kids Camp DC Metro

Confident Kids Camp is a 5-day, intensive behavioral therapy program designed to help prepare children with Selective Mutism for the next school year!

2017 Confident Kids Camp Results

Sixteen children and their families participated in 2017 Confident Kids Camp (CKC). Congratulations again to our campers! Before the start of camp, all parents/caregivers filled out a questionnaire called the Selective Mutism Questionnaire (SMQ). The SMQ is the only diagnostic and assessment tool designed specifically for identifying children and adolescents with Selective Mutism (SM). This makes it the single best indicator of change related to symptoms of SM. After graduating from CKC, we sent another SMQ to all caregivers to see how our campers were doing. About 88% of families returned the follow-up survey, and below are the results!

Improvements in frequency of communication:

  • 10 out of 14 (71%) campers improved at school
  • 13 out of 14 (93%) campers improved at home/with family
  • 11 out of 14 (79%) campers improved in the community
  • 13 out of 14 (93%) campers improved in at least one area

Average increases of communication frequency by setting:

  • Average of a 27.3% increase (range: 1-3) in communication scores related to speaking at school
  • Average of a 16.1% increase (range: 1.4-3) in communication scores related to speaking at home
  • Average of a 39% increase (range: 0.4-2.6) in communication scores related to speaking in the community
  • Average of a 24.7% increase in communication scores related to speaking across all settings

Parental Satisfaction

  • 16 parents provided anonymous feedback about their experiences and satisfaction with the various aspects of CKC. Here are their responses.

Parent Training:

  • 75% were very satisfied and 25% were mostly satisfied with parent training received at CKC
  • 81.3% reported that the time spent on parent training was enough to meet their needs

Parent comments about training:

  • “All of the parents sharing their own experiences with their children. It really helps to know other people are going through the same thing and what has and has not worked for them.”
  • “Well written manual, appreciated feedback q&a time, your patience, everything was well presented, everything was great :)”
  • “I loved almost everything about it. It’s great to hear about the struggles other parents are facing, when at home, it feels like nobody else can understand how hard it is to get these children to partake in basic childhood experiences.”
  • “I liked having the packet of information to discuss, listening to other parents with questions similar to our questions, learning about strategies and being able to ask questions.”

Counselors and Camp Activities:

  • 68.8% were very satisfied and 31.3% were mostly satisfied with the counselor services their child received during CKC
  • 75% were very satisfied and 20% were mostly satisfied with the CKC field trips
  • 56.3% were very satisfied and 37.5% were mostly satisfied with the camp’s family day
  • 75% were very satisfied and 25% were mostly satisfied with the reward system used during CKC

Parent comments about the counselors and camp activities:

  • “I loved that my daughter’s counselor was one of the first people to ever push her to try harder than she was comfortable doing, and that she was able to find the sweet spot for me of what could be expected without demanding too much.”
  • “Counselor seemed really invested in our daughter.”
  • “Counselor did a great job providing feedback and suggestions. She accomplished the goals set.”
  • “The counselors were very well trained.”
  • “Having us practice with feedback given was awesome.”
  • “I loved having a trained counselor there to show me how I could improve when we take our daughter to do brave work in the community.”

General Feedback:

  • 87.5% were very satisfied and 12.5% were mostly satisfied, overall, with CKC
  • 87.5% would definitely recommend and 12.5% would likely recommend CKC to a friend’s child who was in need of similar help

Parent general feedback:

  • “The whole experience was great.”
  • “A great camp! Very organized and well thought out.”
  • “The location was great, Brighton had a lot of things to see & do (the folder was helpful). The childcare during parent sessions was super helpful. We loved the positive vibe. Our daughter looked forward to going each day despite all the demands that were being put on her.”
  • “Staff and counselors were very approachable and very easy to talk to. Knowledgeable and great ideas that we can take home right away an implement.”
  • “I liked the location. I liked the atmosphere. I liked the counselors. Most of all, I liked the help we received and the chance to meet other people with similar struggles. Thank you for a great week!”