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 [...]

Friendships are difficult

How do you make friends? How do you maintain friendships? How often should I see my friends? How often should I contact my friends? What should I talk to my friends about? I don't understand friendships and I never have done. Before my Selective Mutism developed I still struggled socially and was socially different  compared [...]