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Easing School Jitters For the Selectively Mute Child

Selective Mutism is a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s glaring inability to speak and communicate effectively in select social settings, such as school, despite being able to speak in other situations. The book “Easing School Jitters For the Selectively Mute Child” by Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum attempts to provide guidance on how to deal with this condition in the school.

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“Maya’s Voice” – A Review of a Book for Children with Selective Mutism

“Maya’s Voice” is a story of a little girl who is full of energy and enthusiasm, and who loves to share her sweet voice. She likes to sing and play with her sister, and she’s very curious and asks a lot of questions.

Maya's VoiceBut when she starts school, she loses the confidence to use her voice and goes about her school day facing challenges brought on by her inability to speak. Maya’s classmates start asking the teacher “Why doesn’t Maya talk?”. Whenever the teacher asks her a question, they start talking for her and say things like “Oh, she doesn’t talk, so we’ll just answer that question for her”. She sometimes receives mean comments and actions, because the kids know that she is not going to tell on them, because she won’t speak. And as a result of all these challenges, she doesn’t want to go to school.

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“My Friend Daniel Doesn’t Talk” – A Review

This is a story of a friendship between two boys. Ryan, the most outgoing student in the class, meets Daniel who is too scared to talk in school or anywhere outside of his home. Ryan defends Daniel in school against other children who don’t understand the silent boy. Daniel, on the other hand, feels comfortable enough to talk to his new friend. Ryan’s impulse to “talk too much” gives him the ability to help Daniel in the class room. He is willing to continue the friendship until the day when his buddy will be able to talk in school, and other children will get to know the “real” Daniel.
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Selective Mutism Awareness

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October is Selective Mutism awareness month.

Selective Mutism is a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s inability to speak and communicate effectively in select social settings, such as school. This is the definition of SM provided by Dr. Elisha Shipon-Blum, the president and director of the Selective Mutism Anxiety Research and Treatment Center (SMART) based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. According to her, children affected by this disorder are able to speak and communicate in settings where they are comfortable, secure, and relaxed.

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