Today I am sharing a blog written By Lisa Smith (3 rd year Speech and Language Therapy student and HARs Scholar). As a therapist who deal with children with SM, I could NOT share this and be touched by her sponsored silence. I would love to thank her personally, especially as she describes how she felt and her deeper understanding of
October is the SELECTIVE MUTISM AWARENESS MONTH, and this is the real story of a bilingual child and his steps toward communication. Although not all children with SM, have speech and language difficulties, this child also presented with a speech disorder. To protect this child and family identity the name has been changed. Was was Jack like as a baby?
Welcome to the second part of this fascinating real story. You will find the first part on my page or by clicking on the underlined word. I always say that it is so important to ACT EARLY, to make sure that everyone is aware of the dos and dont’s so the SM is treated early and will not have an affect
As a specialist in Selective Mutism, I meet so many people during training events, parent support evening etc. Today I would like to share the real story of a man who lived his life being Selectively Mute, but challenged his belief to become free from this. The story contains many key aspects that nowadays we work on, such as misconceptions
Why You Should Encourage Art & Musical Expression in Your Child or Student with Selective Mutism? Success in art and music is an excellent self-esteem booster and can help the child feel special. Playing an instrument or doing an art project is comforting and helps a child to feel more relaxed in a tense situation. A teacher can use the
Stop Reassuring Your Child. Yes. You read that right. I am telling you to stop doing something that sounds completely counter-intuitive, right? You see, the thing is… I need you stop telling you child that “everything is going to be okay” and “there is nothing to worry about.” I know you have good intentions with these phrases, after all… you
When we assess children with selective mutism first we need to decide whether their symptoms fit with a diagnosis: the child has a consistent pattern of speaking and non speaking with certain people under certain conditions even when it is clearly in the child’s interest to speak they don’t the child has described, in absence of stammering, a sensation of
When I start working with families with children with Selective Mutism I work with supporting them with changing behaviours that may confirm the silence. One technique is called FREEZE THE MOMENT… what does it mean? It is NOT speaking on behalf of your child, but in little steps… I know that it is difficult, most parents things that I am asking