Selective Mutism and Social Pressure

Summer and autumn have now ended and winter has arrived; it is getting increasingly cold. Sometimes, when I walk to class during the early mornings, I notice the greenery looking somewhat less green and more frosty white instead. In the winter, different bits of life freeze, but they do not stay frozen.       [...]

Advertisements

Selective Mutism and “Why?”

So, things have changed a little and things will always be changing, at least, a little. My opinions are evolving and they will never reach completion. I have done lots of reflecting and I will continue to do so until I am no longer able to. A work in progress.  I am taking a new [...]

Silently Failing and Succeeding with Selective Mutism

University is something I'll be soon be attempting. On the 2nd of September I'll be turning 23 years old and on the 24th of September I will be moving 4 hours away from my family home to study psychology. Most people in my academic school year have already graduated from university, it doesn't matter though. [...]

Selective Mutism and Therapeutic Animals

It is widely understood that animals can provide comfort, friendship and support to many people, whether they have additional needs or not. It is not widely documented, though, that animals can be especially beneficial to those with selective mutism. So, I thought I would write a little post addressing some of the positive relationships between [...]

Dear professionals

Dear professionals, Firstly, I understand and accept that selective mutism, the condition many of us struggle with, is little understood and known about. This is okay, you cannot help what you do not know until you're given opportunity to learn of it. I am giving you this opportunity now; I am giving you the opportunity [...]

My Independent Holiday

For the past 5 years I have longed to go to the coast, for a short holiday, without the support of my family. I have hovered over that "book now" button so many times, last year I was incredibly close to pressing it indeed, but unfortunately I mirrored myself the previous years, which meant it [...]

Searching for the Social Skills I Lost

Overcoming selective mutism is quite an incredible journey; a journey that is exhausting, slow and, most of all, rewarding. Unfortunately, SM often means that many life skills and aspects of life itself become negatively impacted, as well of positively (future blog post). However, today, I am just going to focus on the area of social [...]