At the Child Mind Institute's Brave Buddies program at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York, teachers attempt to engage 5-year-old Lyla, a girl with selective mutism, by playing a game with balloons.
Rachel, 5, flosses a model mouth, part of a dental assistant's presentation about tooth health.
Josh, 5, at right, does a trick with his magic wand during show-and-tell.
Josh receives a Brave Buck from Big Buddy Erin Sadler. Children receive after particularly brave actions or when they've spoken a number of times.
Lyla, right, hugs a stuffed bear as part of the Brave Buddies program.