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๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐—บ?!

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder whereby a person can talk in some situations but they can't talk in other situations.

๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™ญ๐™ž๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฎ is stopping them from talking sometimes.

The ๐™›๐™ง๐™š๐™š๐™ฏ๐™š part of the fight, flight, freeze response.

Most of us have been in a situation where we freeze and don't know what to say... it is uncomfortable, imagine that but ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ž๐™›๐™ž๐™˜ ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ.

Imagine, being in this state every day at school. It's not long before the child gets the label or identity as

"๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ค ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ๐™ฃ'๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ก๐™ "

now it feels even more impossible for them to talk.

And not only that... people don't understand. People assume they are being rude, or controlling, or stubborn.

It's not that they are are being controlling or any of the above by not talking, it's rather that they are ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š.

There is a way out though, and children ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™—๐™จ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™Ž๐™ˆ (we see it happen all the time!) but do you know what the number 1 first key step is?

Understanding from those around them - family, friends and crucially the school. Educating everyone around the child on what SM is, clearing up those misconceptions is key.

If you want to learn more about SM, please follow our Facebook page, see our YouTube channel, and subscribe to our mailing list at the top of this page.

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And lastly, if you're interested in our school training course, course for parents or course for friends and family, just click here for further info.


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