Youth Engagement Through Intervention (YETI)

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About YETI

Developed by Jennifer Schoffer Closson (School of Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences) and Anisa Goforth (Department of Psychology), Youth Engagement Through Intervention (YETI) is a social skills intervention framework that uses a variety of evidence-based practices and strategies such as video modeling, social narratives, differential reinforcement, role-plays, and visual schedules. During YETI, children learn social and communication skills such as joining in peer groups, maintaining conversation, and coping with frustrations. Children in the group are provided opportunities to learn new skills, practice the skills in a safe environment, as well try out the skills outside of group (e.g., home or school).

Programs

YETI programs range from elementary aged children to middle school aged children and are hosted each semester as well as in the summer. 

Academic Year Programs: Fall and Spring Semesters

Children elementary and middle school aged may apply for this 8 week program. Each semester we address 6 social skill topics and provide instruction on vocabulary, idioms, and other areas that support our program.  Parents receive a social narrative for each topic in order to generalize the skill and have continuity at home. All clinic payment options apply (i.e., billing insurance, sliding fee scale, scholarship).

Please inquire at 406-243-2405 if you are interested or have questions. 

Summer Programs

We are thrilled to be (tentatively, based on current public health projections) planning to return to in-person summer YETI this year! Due to the pandemic, YETI will look a little different, but will still include the same quality of itnervention and FUN as in the past.

In response to the community need, this summer we are offering not two, but FOUR camps based on a child's needs.

Click here to complete a summer YETI application for any of the camps below (you will have an opportunity to specify preferences in the application, though decisions will ultimately be based on fit per program).

Applications are DUE by April 30, 2021. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by the middle of May.

Full-day camps

YETI Belonging: Emphasis on developing behaviors that support inclusion.

July 12-16

9 am-3 pm

YETI Language: Emphasis on developing language to support inclusion.

July 26-30

9 am-3 pm

  • Each participant will need to participate in an evaluation prior to camp starting (these will be scheduled on an individual basis in the weeks leading up to camp.
  • Each morning, your child will participate in structured intervention in both group and individual settings.
  • In the afternoon, your child will have the opportunity for skill generalization and practice during fun, traditional day-camp activities with the support of trained graduate student clinicians and clinical faculty.
  • All participants must attend both morning and afternoon sessions, both to ensure your child's maximal progress in this group setting as well as to ensure our graduate student clinicians can dependably acquire their necessary clinical training hours.
  • Children will be required to bring their own lunch and snacks for safety reasons.
Cost for week-long camps

Initial evaluation

Daily morning direct group and/or individual therapy

Insurance billing or private pay

Variable (depends on insurance)

Daily afternoon camp activities

Flat fee $110 for full 5-day week

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Amount by May 15 to hold spot

$30

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Amount due by start of camp

$80

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Total cost of full-day camp

$110 + variable (depends on insurance)

*YETI campers with Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) will need to have evaluations at least three weeks before their camp starts in order to obtain the necessary pre-authorization for therapy services.

NEW Half-day camps!

YETI Play*: For the child who is just starting to engage with peers. The focus will be on joining play, taking turns, being flexible, and adhering to a group plan. Children will be required to bring their own lunch for safety reasons.

July 19-23

12-2 pm

YETI Game Club*: For the conversational child that would like to learn the rules of fair play. The focus will be on graciously winning and losing, flexibility, and adhering to a group plan.

July 19-23

2:30-4:30 pm

Amount due by May 15 to hold spot

$30

Amount due by start July 19 (start of camp)

$45

Total cost of half-day camp

$75

*If your child is new to YETI programs, we may need to complete a pre-camp evaluation that would be billable via insurance or private pay.

We have lots of availability for traditional individual and group therapy this summer via in-person or telepractices, though, so there's a good chance your child may be able to attend our summer programs in some capacity, even if not through YETI.

Click here to apply for Summer YETI!

Please see the clinic website at http://health.umt.edu/slhos/dewit-ritecare-clinic/payment.php for payment practice information.

We do anticipate having more applicants than spots in the program, so we will make decisions about applicants based on our students' needs as well as considerations such as past attendance record. If accepted, we do require clients to commit to our attendance agreement, as we want to ensure your child has the opportunity to make progress as well as honoring commitment to our graduate student clinicians to acquire their clinical hours.

Graduate Student Clinicians

Graduate student clinicians in the School of Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences as well as the Department of Psychology (School Psychology and Clinical Psychology) provide direct intervention services to address a variety of skills associated with social engagement, interaction, and communication. All services are supervised by Professor Schoffer Closson, a Certified Clinically Competent (CCC) and Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Dr. Goforth, a Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. 

About Us

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Anisa Goforth, PhD, NCSP 

Dr. Anisa Goforth is an assistant professor of psychology in the School Psychology Program at the University of Montana. She is a licensed psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Her research focuses on culturally responsive evidence-based practices in school psychology and the implementation of social-emotional interventions for children with autism. Dr. Goforth's research also led her to help develop a treatment protocol for social skills and the creation of the YETI Program with Professor Closson.

Jennifer K. Schoffer Closson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Professor Jennifer Closson is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the School of Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences. Her interest areas include autism and secondary transition, leading her to develop the YETI and MOSSAIC (Mentoring, Organization, and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus). She has worked for the Montana Office of Public Instruction to train people across Montana about evidence based practices for autism. 

Contact Us

For more information regarding the YETI program please contact the RiteCare Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic. 

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