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Back by popular demand!
Returning for Our Second Summer

July 15-19, 2024

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Feedback from Mighty Kids Miami 2023

WHAT PARENTS HAVE TO SAY

Thank you so much for an incredible week! You really put so much thought and energy into this camp and nothing went unnoticed. The activities and counselors you chose were spot on! Your insight and knowledge is above and beyond. ... (my child) felt so proud of herself and that means everything to her!

The four days of Mighty Kids camp were the best investment we have made into our daughter overcoming her selective mutism. The one-on-one attention, real world role playing, and full day of activities specially designed to desensitize her to opening up were incredible. We also loved the daily feedback we received about her progress and training of what we can do to reinforce her bravery at home. This year’s transition into school experience has been so better than previous years because of the summer camp.

Sending my son to Mighty Kids  Miami was the best experience!! The warm counselors and atmosphere really helped my son reach his goals. My experience as a parent  sending there was amazing. There was open and clear communication from the counselors daily which helped me as his mother to be able to continue to reinforce things at home. The consistent positive encouragement was a huge motivation for him (and me too- who wouldn't do well with that). He was absolutely thrilled with the activities. By the end of the week he was fully verbal and showing his enthusiastic personality with his counselors and peers in the camp. I couldn't have imagined a better, more productive, intensive camp experience for him!! Thank you so so much for this opportunity!!!!

  • Where is camp located?
    We are located in North Miami Beach, Florida. More information on our exact camp location will be given upon sign up. Skills Focused Therapy's office location for individual sessions is at: 1380 NE Miami Gardens Dr. Suite 242, NMB FL 33179. Some of the fade in sessions will be held there.
  • What type of activities do you do in camp?
    We structure camp like a typical school or camp day to help the children practice skills such as speaking at circle time, practice asking for things as needed, interacting within a group, etc. Our counselors are playful, warm and fun. We use exciting activities throughout the day such as projects, games, arts and trips. (We get very enthusiastic feedback from campers regarding the activities in camp!) Every activity has a speaking component and each counselor assists their camper in speaking on their level throughout the day. Each child’s goals are individualized according to what they are ready for.
  • What age range is the camp for?
    Ages 4-7. (We may add a group for older children as well if there is enough interest, so if your child is above age 7 feel free to reach out!)
  • What if I’m not sure my child will speak?
    We recommend you come in for a fade-in therapy session early in the summer so we can assess where your child is holding before you sign up. We only accept campers who demonstrate readiness for camp by their ability to speak to a counselor at the fade-in(s) before camp. Once in camp, we have counselors on a 1-1 ratio, so if a child is struggling in the group at first, the counselor works with the child to warm up slowly. This approach is all about baby steps of bravery at the pace each child needs.
  • What is your experience and training?
    I was trained and coached by incredible staff members at the FIU Brave Bunch / Mint Program in S. Florida, in using Dr. Steve Kurtz's PCIT-SM evidenced based treatment protocol of SM. I am constantly learning more both through private consultations and regular peer supervision via the Selective Mutism Association. Prior to launching Mighty Kids Miami, my SM camp experience included assisting both at Brave Bunch FIU Camp and at Confident Kids Camp, Rockville Therapy Center. I have seen tremendous progress in so many children both through camps and individual therapy, and I am excited to continue bringing the benefits of a camp program to more children! Schools I have coached for students with SM include: The Innovative School of Temple Beth Shalom Norman S. Edelcup /Sunny Isles Beach Elementary School Bottega Child Development Center Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes Yeshiva Elementary School (Boys' division) Lubavitch Educational Center Scheck Hillel Community School Gan Sinai Early Education Center Virginia A. Boone Highland Oaks Elementary School Torah Academy of Boca Raton Bais Yaakov Elementary School of Toronto & More! Let me know if you would like to connect with some of our many satisfied clients to hear about their experience firsthand. You can also read some of their feedback in the testimonials below. For more information on our treatment protocol, I recommend you listen to a podcast interview I did with JOWMA, which explains the treatment approach that I use in depth: Speak Up! A Discussion about Selective Mutism with Deetza Franklin. Listen on Spotify . Listen on Apple Podcasts . Watch on YouTube .
  • How can I contact you with any questions?
    Please e-mail deetzafranklinlmhc@gmail.com for more information and to register. Let us know via e-mail if you'd like to arrange a time to speak to discuss your questions further.

Meet The Team of Mighty Kids Miami 2023

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Mollie Bartell

Mollie completed her Masters in school counseling from Long Island University in 2022 and anticipates completing her Mental Health Counseling License in May 2024. Mollie has been working as a school counselor in numerous capacities and has earned the accolades of her colleagues for her professionalism and talent in the field of counseling. We were so lucky to have Mollie join our team!

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Adele Blau

Adele is a licensed clinical social worker with over 5 years of clinical experience providing counseling to children and families. In addition, Adele brings many years of experience in the field of education and working with children and a variety of settings. Adele is known for her professionalism, her keen insight and sensitivity to children, and her openness to constantly expanding her knowledge and learn new counseling approaches. She was a true asset to our team!

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Pesha Dreyfuss

Pesha is known for her magical touch when running camps and youth programs for children. She has an incredible knack of being warm, nurturing and encouraging while keeping programming professional, fun and engaging. Although she is only starting out on her professional journey, we know she will go far and we are so glad she joined our team!

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Kaila Wagner

Kaila is passionate about working with children, and has used her spunky, loving and fun-loving nature to delight children in summer camps for many years.Kaila currently teaches lower elementary school, while studying for her Bachelors in Education. Kaila is constantly looking to learn and researching new, creative ways to reach children according to their needs. We know that Kaila will go far in this field and we were so lucky to have her join our team!

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Dina Vinitsky

Dina is  Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has been working in this field for a number of years with impressive results. Dina's background and expertise were a wonderful asset to our camp as we regularly brainstormed new and creative approaches with our campers.

DIna also has a talent in the area of set up and organization and she kept our camp an inviting place to be! 

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Aliza Sklar

Aliza Sklahr has a Masters in Social Work as well as a number of years experience in the field of education. 

Aliza used her fun, energetic, warm, spunky personality to keep camp a happy and exciting place to be. Aliza was the first to model bravery to our campers by trying new things and encouraging the campers to join in. Aliza added so much to our camp!

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