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. [...]

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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'd write a little post sharing the positive changes to life that animals [...]

Biggest Achievement Yet?

As proud of myself as I am for reaching and achieving some incredible goals, experiences and awards throughout the past 12 months, it has been a rather "minor" event that I have found most rewarding. When I am asked whether or not I am now fully verbal, I usually answer with, "Almost completely, but there [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]