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March 21, 2020

How life has changed so drastically in the last couple of weeks. Only a couple of weeks ago I was in schools in Ireland, busy delivering therapy to children with selective mutism, and before that I was doing the same in Australia and then Thailand and of course here in...

March 13, 2020

Certain words are particularly hard for children with selective mutism to say.

Words such as, 'hello', 'goodbye', 'please', 'thank you', 'I love you' and 'sorry'.

Parents often tell me:

"My child cannot say hello, goodbye, please or thank you".

Even if they are able to tal...

April 23, 2019

As we approach the end of the academic year, I have had a lot of parents asking me about how to manage the crucial 'transition'. We know that moving to a new class, year or school is a challenging time for all children, but even more so for children with selective muti...

April 10, 2019

The festive period, Easter and other family gatherings can be lovely, but can also be very anxiety inducing for children with selective mutism. Why?

1.      Visits from extended family and family friends who the child has previously been unable to talk to....

January 8, 2019

I recently posted a question on the Confident Children Facebook page asking parents what they wish others understood about selective mutism. The comments and messages soon started flooding in. So what were the responses...? 

"Parents, what do you wish others understood...

January 1, 2019

Returning to school after the holidays is often anxiety inducing for children with selective mutism. Having been at home for an extended period, going back to school, where they may be unable to talk, can understandably cause anxiety.

Here are my top tips for helping a...

April 1, 2018

I often deliver school training on selective mutism and something I frequently hear is:

"It really is unbelievable how (he/she) can have so much control - to not speak for the whole day..."

My response to this is as follows:

"I can see why you would think that they are ma...

January 1, 2018

BBC documentary on the BBC News channel 'Why can't my child speak?' 

Here are some clips that I feature in. (shared with permission from documentary producer). 

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Selective Mutism: How to manage a transition to a new class

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