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Thank you so much for being here! Confident Children specialises in helping children with Selective Mutism (SM).

We have been solely working with children with SM for over a decade and we are so (so!) passionate about helping children with SM be able to speak in situations they previously were unable to. We have supported thousands of children with SM, and yet still the first time a child talks to their teacher, best friend, grandparent, answers a question from a stranger brings us... so much joy! It is why we continue to do what we do. If you have a child with SM, you are in the right place.

We can't wait to help you and help your child to overcome SM.

Lucy Nathanson
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Lucy Nathanson is a Child Therapist, Selective Mutism Specialist, international speaker, best selling author and founder of Confident Children (this website!).


Lucy worked with her first child with SM back in 2010. Following this experience she became obsessed with helping children with SM. She began making YouTube videos to spread awareness of SM, dispel myths and help children with SM get the support they deserve. She has since reached thousands of children with SM, developed a team of therapists (so we can reach even more families!), has written 5 books on SM (the latest was number 1 on the Amazon Bestseller list!), she has travelled the world working with children with SM and has spoken at conferences on SM. Lucy's mission is to reach as many children as possible through her videos, books and through sessions with the Confident Children team.



Lucy has spoken all over the world about SM.


She was a speaker at the SMIRA (Selective Mutism Information and Research Association) conference in March 2015 and 2017.

In April 2016, 2017 and 2018, she was a speaker at the language & emotions conference (organised by the University of Silesia) held in Katowice, Poland. Her presentations were entitled 'Implementing a small steps programme for working with children with selective mutism' and 'An overview of interventions for children with selective mutism'.

In 2019, Lucy co-delivered a workshop in Melbourne, Australia for parents of children with Selective Mutism and school staff.

Lucy has also been a speaker at the SM Help Summit as well as the Early Year's summit.

She is looking forward to speaking at the Selective Mutism International Conference in Bath, UK in May 2024.


In 2016, Lucy worked on the Brave Buddies programme (an intensive therapeutic programme for children with selective mutism) delivered by the Child Mind Institute in New York City, USA.

In 2017, she worked on the WeSpeak programme at Kurtz Psychology in New York, an intensive therapeutic programme for children aged 11-14 with selective mutism.


Lucy has delivered intensive therapy for children internationally, including in the UK, Bulgaria,Thailand and Dubai. 

In 2019, Lucy co-founded and delivered the Selective Mutism Group Programme (SMGP) in London, UK and in 2020 she co-delivered the SMGP in Australia.

At Confident Children we now have  a team of Confident Children practitioners who are passionate and experienced in Selective Mutism. Our team of therapists have been handpicked by Lucy as they are passionate and experienced in helping children with SM. Our team offer Online Sessions, having supported parents of children with Selective Mutism from the UK, USA, South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates and more.

Confident Children is a SMIRA associate (the SM association in the UK).


At Confident Children, our passion and goal is to help as many children with Selective Mutism as possible to find their voice.


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