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Selective Mutism In Our Own Words

Selective Mutism In Our Own Words Author Cheryl Forrester
ISBN-10 9781784501143
Release 2015-12-21
Pages 272
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An eye-opening and enlightening collection of stories from people living with Selective Mutism (SM), this book provides a much-needed platform for people with SM to share experiences of the condition in their own words. Exploring all aspects of SM, from symptoms and diagnostic criteria, to triggers and the consequences of being psychologically unable to speak, the stories in this book dispel the myths around this often misunderstood condition. Far from refusing to talk, or choosing not to, the contributors offer genuine insights into why they simply cannot speak in certain situations or in front of certain people. Children, teens and adults from the UK and US share experiences of feeling isolated, struggling at school, and finding ways to communicate. Letting people with SM know that they are not alone with the condition, the book will also help family, friends and professionals to understand what it is like to live with SM.

Selective Mutism in Our Own Words

Selective Mutism in Our Own Words Author Carl Sutton
ISBN-10 1849056366
Release 2015-12-21
Pages 272
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For the first time, people with Selective Mutism (SM) share their personal experiences of the condition, shedding light on how it affects everyday life and activities at home, school and in relationships. Young people and adults describe how they cope with SM and its associated difficulties, providing insights into this misunderstood condition.

The Selective Mutism Resource Manual

The Selective Mutism Resource Manual Author Maggie Johnson
ISBN-10 9781351702690
Release 2017-07-28
Pages 354
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For anyone who needs to understand, assess or manage selective mutism, this is a comprehensive and practical manual that is grounded in behavioural psychology and anxiety management and draws on relevant research findings as well as the authors' extensive clinical experience. Now in its second edition and including new material for adolescents and adults, The Selective Mutism Resource Manual 2e provides: an up-to-date summary of literature and theory to deepen your understanding of selective mutism a wealth of ideas on assessment and management in home, school and community settings so that its relevance extends far beyond clinical practice a huge range of printable online handouts and other resources case studies and personal stories to illustrate symptoms and demonstrate the importance of tailored interventions. This book is essential reading for people who have selective mutism as well as for the clinicians, therapists, educators, caseworkers and families who support them.

Can I tell you about Selective Mutism

Can I tell you about Selective Mutism Author Alison Wintgens
ISBN-10 0857006118
Release 2012-06-15
Pages 56
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Meet Hannah - a young girl with selective mutism (SM). Hannah invites readers to learn about selective mutism from her perspective, helping them to understand what it is, what it feels like to have SM, and how they can help. This illustrated book is packed with accessible information and will be an ideal introduction to selective mutism. It shows family, friends and teachers how they can support a child with the condition and is also a good place to start when encouraging children with SM to talk about how it affects them.

Persona Medusa

Persona Medusa Author D J Sharry
ISBN-10 1329209990
Release 2015-07-22
Pages 168
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D.J. suffers from a disorder of the fight or flight response. He feels he is standing in front of a growling tiger in social situations when he is expected to speak. The anxiety generated by this disorder has taken away his ability to speak in certain situations. This has caused embarrassing painful situations for him which have become objects in his head where his mind is stuck. He is now getting married and needs to find his voice to give a wedding speech. He takes a journey out of his head. He travels down the vertebrae of his spine. Along the way he encounters these objects of obstruction. Each object is illuminated and slayed of it's menace. He comes to rest at the base of his spine in the sacral nerve plexi, his animal instinctual center. He puts his arm around the tiger and both predator and prey make peace with each other and unite. He steps up to make his speech.

Learning to Play the Game My Journey Through Silence

Learning to Play the Game  My Journey Through Silence Author Jonathan Kohlmeier
ISBN-10 9781483459134
Release 2016-10-17
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Everyone has fears. A fear of the dark, a fear of heights, or even a fear of the unknown can make leading an otherwise normal life difficult. But what if you were afraid not of the dark or of heights—but of other people? What if you were overcome with paralyzing terror and even pushed to the brink of sickness each time you talked with another person—even though you wanted more than anything to be with and enjoy the company of that person? In Learning to Play the Game: My Journey through Silence, author Jonathan Kohlmeier shares a coming-of-age memoir of his young life living with selective mutism—an extreme form of social anxiety. At first as a child being so afraid that he could barely speak outside of the home, Jon’s story of struggle turns triumph as he is eventually able to join the debate team in high school. From the start of his journey in kindergarten to his high school graduation, Jon chronicles his desire to be “normal”—whatever that means.

Tackling Selective Mutism

Tackling Selective Mutism Author Benita Rae Smith
ISBN-10 9780857007612
Release 2014-09-21
Pages 256
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Bringing together the latest research and understanding on selective mutism, this edited book gives essential information on the various treatment and therapy options. Experts in the fields of speech and language therapy, psychology, music therapy education and communication offer a wide range of professional perspectives on the condition, while case studies from people with selective mutism, past sufferers and parents reveal the personal impact. The book also clarifies what support a person with selective mutism is likely to need at home, school and in social situations. This definitive volume on selective mutism will be key reading for professionals such as speech and language therapists, educational psychologists, child psychiatrists, child and adolescent mental health workers and anyone working with selective mutism in therapeutic and educational settings, as well as family members wanting a closer understanding of what selective mutism is and how they can help.

Unspoken Words

Unspoken Words Author Sophia Blum
ISBN-10 1467982598
Release 2013-01-16
Pages 70
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Unspoken Words: A Child's View of Selective Mutism, is the first book of its kind! It's written by a teenager who suffered from Selective Mutism. This unique book is directed to children with Selective Mutism as well as for parents, professionals and teachers to help them understand a child's unspoken words when unable to speak and express themselves. Sophia Blum is Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum's daughter and wrote this book to help others understand. 'Unspoken Words' begins with a letter to children helping them to know they are not alone and others feel as they do. The book also includes a letter to parents, professionals and teachers reading the book as well with the goal of helping them understand what a child with SM feels like, may be wanting to say, but can't regarding various social settings, such as in public, with guests at home, friends who visit and with teachers/peers at school. The bulk of the book includes well-written and insightful sayings that children may be saying or actions they may be taking and then explains what they really may be meaning. Beautiful illustrations are included throughout to help 'see' what the child may be feeling. Finally, Sophia has written her story, Beneath my Shell, as a way of explaining her feelings while suffering in silence. Sophie's story is detailed, introspective, heartwarming and inspirational as she describes her personal journey to overcome Selective Mutism. Dr Elisa Shipon-Blum has a section called, 'From a Mom's Perspective' where she tells her story of when Sophie was young, Sophie's journey to overcoming Selective Mutism and hence the fuel to Dr. Shipon-Blum's life mission to understand and treat children suffering in silence. ** ALL proceeds for this book will be used towards the education and public awareness of Selective Mutism.


ISBN-10 9659178328
Release 2016-12-01
Pages 264
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The Selective Mutism Treatment Guide: Manuals for Parents, Teachers, and Therapists, second edition has arrived! It is double the size of the first edition and it includes new sections on treating older children and teens, the use of technology in treating SM with a list of useful apps, raising a shy child, treating SM in the clinic setting, and much more. It includes beautiful and inspiring case studies of children and teens overcoming SM using this approach. It is an innovative, effective approach to the treatment of selective mutism, which is based both on rich clinical experience helping hundreds of children overcome SM, and on evidence based understanding of how selective mutism best treated. It includes separate manuals written for parents, school or kindergarten staff, and therapists, each with concrete, effective, tried and tested ways of helping the child with selective mutism. It is designed to be a positive and empowering experience for the child and his family. This guide is aimed for professionals and lay people alike: For parents and relatives of children with SM it offers a valuable resource to understand the condition, with programs and tools to help the child to improve his verbal and social communication. For teachers and therapists it provides a guide to understand, and practical tools to treat the disorder. The Parents' Manual includes sections about how SM can affect your child and family, how to speak to your child about SM, how to treat SM, how to lower your child's anxiety, and how to work together with the school or kindergarten to help your child. It outlines effective interventions that parents can carry out at home and in school to help their child overcome SM and attain improved social communication skills. The Teacher's Manual includes: a description of SM and its possible causes, understanding the child with SM, how SM presents in school, an overview of how to treat SM, and a variety of interventions and programs for teachers to implement in school. There are two Therapist's Manuals - one for younger children, and the second for teens and adults, with cognitive-behavioral techniques specifically for use in treating SM. There are sections on the definition and causes of SM, methods of assessment, levels of SM, planning therapy, and detailed, step by step descriptions of the stages of therapy, including initial home-based therapy followed by school based sessions. Here are some readers' reviews of the first edition: B.W. wrote: This treatment guide is concise, easy to read, clear and an absolute gem of a book. Each word is carefully chosen and the style flows with warmth, sensitivity and intelligence. I loved the respect with which the author and Psychologist Ruth Perednik treats the reader; the manual is no less than brilliant in its' ease of explanation and significant in its power as a catalyst for change; Belief and optimism, based on the author's vast clinical experience pervaded throughout. Perednik's clearly detailed program is aimed at parents, teachers and therapists. Perednik has done a wonderful job of increasing the likelihood of successful treatment even in the absence of such ideal conditions. Perednik's apparent wholehearted belief in her approach, tools and program to unravel the knot of selective mutism, leads her to spell out the rationale and implementation of an entire program, thus enabling her readers to carry out a successful treatment without making them dependent on further training or support. Optimistic, Practical, Extremely user friendly. Engaging and inspiring.. S.B. wrote: GREAT BOOK IT WORKS GREAT QUICK RESULTS BEST IN THE FIELD HAS GREAT INTUITION IN THESE MATTERS EASY READING CLEARLY SAID TRY & SEE Duggie wrote: This gave me practical information for working with children with selective mute. I have been able to try different techniques with success. I also learned the many causes of this diagnosis.

Dyslexia My Life

Dyslexia  My Life Author Girard J. Sagmiller
ISBN-10 0964308711
Release 2002-10-28
Pages 120
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DYSLEXIA MY LIFE - one man's story of his life with a learning disability. In elementary school Mr. Sagmiller was diagnosed as mentally retarded by his teacher and school administrators, who recommended that his family institutionalize him. In reality he suffered from dyslexia, which can affect speech, reading, time perception, and can slow learning in some subjects. In his book, DYSLEXIA MY LIFE, Mr. Sagmiller discusses his struggles to overcome the ignorance and prejudice of his friends, family and society in general, to succeed in school (getting his MBA), business and life.

Suffering in Silence

Suffering in Silence Author Donna Mac, LCPC
ISBN-10 9781504339179
Release 2015-09-29
Pages 374
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Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder, and it’s currently one of the most misunderstood, under-diagnosed, and undertreated mental health conditions. When children with selective mutism feel expected or pressured to speak in social situations, they become terrified. Therefore, their level of anxiety significantly increases, but by remaining silent, their anxiety level slightly decreases, obtaining some relief for themselves. For these children, remaining silent is actually an ineffective coping mechanism, or a maladapted solution to create a sense of safety within themselves. Hence, their mouths freeze, and they are silent. This is temporary relief, but longitudinally, these children suffer in silence. Due to the fact that many children will display normative shy behavior or even socially anxious behavior at times, it can be challenging to discern if the child’s behavior falls within normal limits or if the child actually demonstrates clinically significant behavior, signifying a selective mutism diagnosis. This can be confusing for parents, teachers, and even clinicians. This manual is meant to help clarify this distinction and will also assist you in figuring out how to seek help, ask the right questions, and what you can expect from early intervention services, school-based services, and holistic, therapeutic, and psychiatric services.

Sounds Like Home

Sounds Like Home Author Mary Herring Wright
ISBN-10 1563680807
Release 1999
Pages 282
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Mary Herring Wright's book adds an important dimension to current literature in that it is a story about an African American deaf child. Her account is historically significant because it provides valuable descriptive information about the faculty and staff of the residential school for Black deaf and blind students she attended. She writes from a unique perspective because she was both a student and a student teacher. This engrossing narrative details the schools's curriculum, which included a week-long Black History celebration where students learned about important Black figures such as Madame Walker, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and George Washington Carver. It also describes the physical facilities as well as changes in those facilities over the years. Also, the story occurs during two major events in American history, the Depression and World War II. Wright's account is one of enduring faith, perseverance, and optimism. Her keen observations will serve as a source of inspiration for others who are challenged in their own ways by life's obstacles.

Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism

Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism Author Angela E. McHolm
ISBN-10 9781608823925
Release 2005-08-01
Pages 184
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Often described as 'social phobia's cousin' and misdiagnosed as autism, selective mutism is a debilitating fear of speaking in some situations experienced by some children. The disorder usually presents in children before the age of five, but it may not be recognized until the child starts school. When requested to speak, children with selective mutism often look down, blush, or otherwise express anxiety that disrupts their engagement with people and activities. Selective mutism is related to social anxiety and social phobia, and more than 90 percent of children with selective mutism also manifest symptoms of one of these problems. This book is the first available for parents of children with selective mutism. It offers a broad overview of the condition and reviews the diagnostic criteria for the disorder. The book details a plan you can use to coordinate professional treatment of your child's disorder. It also explains the steps you can take on your own to encourage your child to speak comfortably in school and in his or her peer group. All of the book's strategies employ a gradual, 'stepladder' approach. The techniques gently encourage children to speak more, while at the same time helping them feel safe and supported. Angela E. McHolm, Ph.D., is director of the Selective Mutism Service at McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton, ON. The Selective Mutism Service offers outpatient psychiatric consultation to families and professionals such as school personnel, speech and language pathologists, and mental health clinicians who support children with selective mutism. She is assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON.

The Silent Experiences of Young Bilingual Learners

The Silent Experiences of Young Bilingual Learners Author Caroline Bligh
ISBN-10 9789462097971
Release 2014-09-11
Pages 142
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Many teachers are increasingly concerned with how to best support the learning of the rising numbers of bilingual learners in schools – particularly those children who are new to English and therefore cannot yet communicate with the teacher or their peers in their first language – during the silent period. This book offers an alternative insight to that which is most commonly available to teachers and researchers, as instead of examining language acquisition purely from a linguistic approach; it explores the learning that is occurring through a sociocultural lens and even more significantly, from the young child’s perspective – the worm’s eye view. Investigated through the experiences of young bilingual learners allows the reader to make sense of the making meaning that occurs when the child cannot make sense of his/her new ‘world’; nor communicate verbally in the language of instruction in the classroom. Remarkably, learning through the silent period is revealed as both complex and ‘messy’ as the bilingual child mediates his or her own learning through a synthesis of alternative learning pathways. The silent period is presented as a crucial time for learning; distributed through a synthesis of close observation, intense listening and most significantly copying the practices of others. Throughout the silent period the children are not only seen to be learning but also contributing to the classroom practices. The book not only initiates new understandings of second language learning, but also offers creative ideas on how to raise the achievement of children who are learning English as an additional language.

Triumph Over Shyness

Triumph Over Shyness Author Murray B. Stein
ISBN-10 0071428739
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Triumph Over Shyness has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Triumph Over Shyness also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Triumph Over Shyness book for free.

The Loudest Roar

The Loudest Roar Author Clair Maskell
ISBN-10 1548019615
Release 2017-06-13
Pages 24
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Angus has a fantastic roar. It is so loud, it gives his Dad a headache! But his roar doesn't always work, leaving Angus feeling sad, angry and alone. This book describes what it can be feel like to have Selective Mutism and how even though you cannot express things in words, you can still do amazing things.

Teaching Students with Language and Communication Disabilities

Teaching Students with Language and Communication Disabilities Author S. Jay Kuder
ISBN-10 0134618882
Release 2017-03-01
Pages 416
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Teaching Students with Language and Communication Disabilities has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Teaching Students with Language and Communication Disabilities also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Teaching Students with Language and Communication Disabilities book for free.