The Basics

Extremely Shy – or Is It More? How to Identify Signs of Selective Mutism

Is a child just shy, or is there something more going on? This is the pressing question. Should we be concerned and establish interventions to help the child, or simply give him encouragement and more time to mature? Misunderstanding shy behavior contributes to the lag between showing symptoms of selective mutism (SM) and actually receiving… Continue reading Extremely Shy – or Is It More? How to Identify Signs of Selective Mutism

Helping Your Child, The Basics

What is Selective Mutsim?

Selective mutism is an anxiety-based social communication disorder. Children with selective mutism are quite capable of speaking in situations where they feel comfortable, like at home with family and perhaps with a few close friends. However, in other social settings their anxiety makes it difficult or impossible for them to speak, even if they really… Continue reading What is Selective Mutsim?

Helping Your Child, The Basics

The Beginner’s Guide to Selective Mutsim

You just found out that your child has selective mutism (SM). What do you do now? It is so relieving, yet overwhelming to finally get a diagnosis. Now you have something tangible to work with. But, the looming question is, “Where should we begin?” I’m here to help you get started! There is a lot… Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide to Selective Mutsim