This workshop intended to help parents/carers and educators understand and support children who are perceived as quiet or have Selective Mutism.
Selective Mutism is a childhood anxiety disorder that is defined by consistent failure to speak in social situations in which there is an expectation for speaking, despite speaking in other situations. Children are often unable to speak in social situations like school classrooms or the playground, and with certain people, such as their teacher, grandparents or peers.
Aims of the session-
To provide increased knowledge and understanding of selective mutism including:
What is selective Mutism.
The causes and definitions of Selective Mutism.
Assessment and diagnosis of selective mutism.
Differential diagnosis of a quiet child/reluctant talker and SM
Effective strategies and techniques to support young people with selective mutism (including the sliding in technique)
How to create a supportive environment.
At the end of the session delegates should feel empowered and confident in making tangible steps in supporting the child.