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 [...]

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My Independent Trip

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, many life skills and aspects of life itself can be negatively effected, as well of positively (future blog post), when you struggle with SM. However, today, I am just going to focus on the area [...]

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 [...]

Selective Mutism & Autism

As it is now officially autism awareness week, I thought today might be a good time to write about the topic of SM and ASD/ ASC. This particular post, or topic, has been on my mind for a while, but it is not easy to write about nor is it easy to not cause misunderstandings [...]

SMIRA conference 2017

All that I had been through and faced on Saturday 18th March didn't fully register with me until today. Attending the SMIRA conference had been something I felt equally nervous and excited about, but it didn't feel like it was actually going to come around and happen until the evening before. I guess it was [...]

My School Day With Selective Mutism

A day in the life with Selective Mutism is tiring, frightening and challenging. If I think back to my high school days, I remember the feeling of absolute fear rushing through my body when I tried to go about my day to day life. I remember on a typical school day packing my school bag [...]