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?
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
Limited consonant sound use results in unintelligible speech and often indicates a motor speech disorder (apraxia) or phonological disorder. Check out these norms and the list of “red flags” which indicate that speech therapy is likely needed to help your child learn to be understood. By 18 months Child produces 3 to 6 different consonant sounds with each child having
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
Headline News: Rising number of anxious polyglots Phil Thomason is a father of three children, the eldest of which was diagnosed with selective mutism in 2007 after 5 years silence in the school setting. Following the advice available his child has since overcome the disorder, and Phil has since dedicated a lot of his spare time to the SMIRA cause online
October is the selective mutism awareness month and I always try to post videos, write blogs, put posts in social media to make people aware of what is selective mutism (SM). SM stems from anxiety and the child doesn’t choose not to speak but the vocal cords are frozen because these children are anxious and scared, although we don’t see that all