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Helping a Child with Selective Mutism
Selective Mutism can hide behind labels like “shy” and often gets missed by parents, educators and even therapists.
I had the pleasure of talking to Patsy Butterworth, a State Coordinator for Selective Mutism.org and a mom to a child with Selective Mutism.
Patsy has been a huge advocate for her son through his journey. She now supports other parents, connecting them to resources and spreading knowledge about Selective Mutism.
In my interview with Patsy, she helps us understand what Selective Mutism is and what it is not. She also talks about how to advocate for your child, get a proper diagnosis and how parents can help their child with Selective Mutism.
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Resources for Parents Raising Kids with Selective Mutism:
Find a treating professional for Selective Mutism
Find a state/international coordinator on Selective Mutism
Resources from the Selective Mutism and Anxiety Research and Treatment Center
Selective Mutism Support groups by state
Child Mind Institute’s Selective Mutism page
Here is a video from Dr. Annie Simpson on Selective Mutism. A good one to share with teachers and providers.
Hear Me Roar: Shattering the Silence around Selective Mutism