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. 

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. 

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, 5, at right, does a trick with his magic wand during show-and-tell. 

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 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. 

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. 

Lyla, right, hugs a stuffed bear as part of the Brave Buddies program. 

 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. 
JEarnshaw_mutism (4 of 13).jpg
JEarnshaw_mutism (8 of 13).jpg
JEarnshaw_mutism (5 of 13).jpg
JEarnshaw_mutism (2 of 13).jpg
 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. 

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. 

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