Can I tell you about Selective Mutism?: A guide for friends, family and professionals

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jun 15, 2012 - Medical - 56 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
11
Introducing Hannah who has Selective Mutism
12
Tension panic and phobia
14
Speaking freely at home
16
Its not refusal to speak
18
Playing with other children
20
Talking in the classroom
22
Feeling stressed and frustrated
24
Speaking with the wider family
26
Associated fears or phobias
28
Telling the class about Selective Mutism
30
How other children can help
32
How teachers can help
37
How parents can help
47
Recommended reading DVDs resources organisations and websites
53
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Maggie Johnson is a speech and language therapist and educational consultant specialising in childhood communication disorders and selective mutism. With thirty years' experience in education and community settings, Maggie works closely with families and schools in East Kent and provides training and workshops for schools, parents and health professionals across the UK and abroad. She lives in Ramsgate, UK. Alison Wintgens was a consultant speech and language therapist in child and adolescent mental health based at St George's Hospital until her retirement in July 2011. She has worked for over 20 years with children who have selective mutism and lives in London. Now she continues to write and teach, and is the advisor on selective mutism to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Maggie and Alison have both published extensively in the field of speech and language therapy and are advisors to the Selective Mutism Information and Research Association. Robyn Gallow's illustrations have been used in a number of educational titles. She lives in London, and is involved in both fashion and illustrating.

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