Selective Mutism is NOT Progressive Mutism

"I heard him/her speak to you earlier. So, they can speak, they don't have SM, they're fine." "I know they can speak, I heard them speak to teacher A yesterday, they're just choosing not to speak to me." "So, if they have SM, how come I heard them chatting and laughing with their friend earlier? [...]

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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 [...]

Treating Selective Mutism

Fortunately, there are many different types of therapy and intervention available for treatment of selective mutism. Unfortunately, due to lack of awareness, they're not always, at present, easily accessible. **The Selective Mutism Resource Manual - 2nd Edition is a very useful book, I highly recommend all parents and professionals purchase a copy.** Decreasing the symptoms [...]

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 [...]

What Is Selective Mutism?

A question that many can't answer, or can't answer accurately, is: What is selective mutism? I am unsure myself the best way to answer this, little research has been done into SM and some research seems incorrect to me, a person with first hand experience of the condition. I do understand that the name of [...]