Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism

Author: Angela E. McHolm
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1608823938
Release Date: 2005-08-01
Genre: Family & Relationships

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.

Helping Your Child With Selective Mutism

Author: Angela E. McHolm, Ph.D.
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications Incorporated
ISBN: 157224416X
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Family & Relationships

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.

Overcoming Selective Mutism

Author: Aimee Kotrba
Publisher: Shari Saffer
ISBN: 1732599602
Release Date: 2018-10-25
Genre:

Drawing from their respective experiences as a clinician who has treated hundreds of children with selective mutism and a parent of a child with selective mutism, authors Dr. Aimee Kotrba and Shari J. Saffer provide clear strategies to increase speaking and reduce anxiety.

Helping Children with Selective Mutism and Their Parents

Author: Christopher A. Kearney
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195394542
Release Date: 2010-05-26
Genre: Psychology

Helping Children with Selective Mutism and Their Parents: A Guide for School-based Professionals provides information that can help readers to better understand and combat selective mutism, offering evidence-based strategies for enhancing a child's verbal participation at school and in other types of social and academic activities.

Can I tell you about Selective Mutism

Author: Alison Wintgens
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 0857006118
Release Date: 2012-06-15
Genre: Medical

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.

SELECTIVE MUTISM TREATMENT GD

Author: Ruth Perednik
Publisher: Oaklands
ISBN: 9659178328
Release Date: 2016-12-01
Genre: Psychology

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.

Silence is Not Golden

Author: Ph.D. Christopher A. Kearney
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199753180
Release Date: 2010-09-21
Genre: Psychology

Chronic shyness can pose a serious threat to a child's academic, emotional, and social development. Children who are extremely shy may miss out on important learning opportunities, have trouble making friends, and avoid activities and events that they might otherwise enjoy. This can be troubling for parents and school-based professionals who do not have enough time or expertise to coax shy children out of their shells. Silence is Not Golden: Strategies for Helping the Shy Child provides information for parents and educators on the nature of chronic shyness and its most common clinical manifestations among children (such as social anxiety and selective mutism, the refusal to talk in certain situations or settings). Kearney, an expert in childhood anxiety disorders, offers strategies for helping readers to determine the form and purpose of a child's shy, anxious, and avoidant behaviors, and methods for enhancing a child's participation in social interactions at school and elsewhere, with the ultimate goal of preventing such problems from recurring in the future. Alongside social anxiety and selective mutism, other types of anxiety that may cause a child to appear shy in more specific situations-such as separation anxiety and certain phobias-are also discussed. Presented in a conversational style, Silence is Not Golden features widespread visuals, open spaces for writing, step-by-step procedures, and other pedagogical features that enhance its utility, clarity, and responsiveness. This book is a must-read for parents and teachers, as well as professionals who work with shy children, including clinical child psychologists and psychiatrists, social workers, and pediatricians.

Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child

Author: Katharina Manassis
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
ISBN: 0764180401
Release Date: 2008-02-29
Genre: Family & Relationships

(back cover) BARRON'S PARENTING KEYS Here's practical guidance for parents who must cope with the many details related to raising children in today's unusually demanding environment. Bringing up kids today is different--and in many ways more difficult--than it was in past generations. " Barron's Parenting Keys " speak to today's parents with answers to contemporary problems. KEYS TO PARENTING YOUR ANXIOUS CHILD Second Edition KATHARINA MANASSIS, M.D., F.R.C.P. (C.) An experienced child psychiatrist describes anxiety-caused behavior patterns and advises parents on how to help their child cope with anxieties in the context of both family and school environments. New in this edition is advice on how parents can help with anxiety problems unique to adolescence, updated information on medications, and more suggestions on working effectively with schools. Also discussed are warning signs in children that indicate a need for professional counseling, with advice to parents on how and where to find it.

Raising Happy Children

Author: Javad H. Kashani
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
ISBN: 0609802097
Release Date: 1998-01-01
Genre: Family & Relationships

Discusses the basics of building a happy family and offers advice on handling a wide array of psychological and emotional issues

Selective Mutism

Author: Aimee Kotrba, PhD
Publisher: PESI Publishing & Media
ISBN: 9781559570060
Release Date: 2014-12-01
Genre: Psychology

Selective Mutism: A Guide for Therapists, Educators, and Parents provides an effective, research-based behavioral intervention plan for the successful treatment of Selective Mutism. Based on years of clinical experience and expertise, author Dr. Aimee Kotrba provides not only assessment and treatment information, but also case examples, easy-to-implement workbook sheets, and informative handouts. Dr. Kotrba is an advocate of team treatment - parents, schools, and mental health professionals working together to intervene with selective mutism -- and this book provides intervention strategies for all team members, as well as a comprehensive treatment plan that can be individualized to any child. The techniques included emphasize a gradual, stepwise approach to increased speech, as well as fun and engaging activities that can be used at each step of treatment. Tips for engaging and motivating children and teens are included to improve treatment outcomes.