Selective Mutism (SM) is a severe social anxiety disorder of childhood characterized by talking comfortably in some settings with some people, but remaining mute in others. SM can be reduced and sometimes eliminated through a comprehensive treatment program utilizing systematic exposure therapy.
This product is designed to help teachers properly respond to and accommodate a child with Selective Mutism in the classroom. Although it targets teachers, it also includes pages for treatment professionals (who may be a school counselor, psychologist, social worker, or speech therapist) to help them data-monitor and write 504 Plans or IEPs. Parents will benefit from the information on preparing their son or daughter for school and preparing for school meetings.
This is not a comprehensive therapy program for the treatment of Selective Mutism, but rather useful supplements for helping children with SM in the school setting. Do you have more questions? Please email me. I am a Colorado Coordinator for the Selective Mutism Group of the Child Anxiety Network.
(As of 16 April 2014 I have added a template of a letter from the child to his/her teachers explaining Selective Mutism and suggesting things the teacher can do to make the child more comfortable in the classroom setting.)
Sheila Lepkin MA, NCSP
Selective Mutism Resources
by Sheila R Lepkin
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