Siblings Under Stress
When one child is in crisis, other kids in the family need monitoring and support, too.READ MORE
Five Ways to Support Siblings in Special Needs Families
When one child has challenges that disrupt family life and consume a lot of attention, the other children are affected. Tips for helping siblings get what they need to thrive, too.READ MORE
A kindergarten student with SM refuses to use the bathroom at school. Do you have any suggestions?
- Rachel Busman, PsyD
Give him lots of opportunities to practice outside of regular school hours. His parents can get involved, too.READ MORE
I'm homeschooling my daughter with selective mutism because the school wouldn't help her. Am I doing the right thing?
- Laura Kirmayer, MA
A child with selective mutism needs a school environment that will support and scaffold her so that she can begin to speak in school. Keeping her at home may reinforce the anxiety.READ MORE
Climbing the Ladder—Targeted Practice in Selective Mutism Treatment
The heart of selective mutism (SM) treatment is helping children do "brave talking" in a variety of situations through graduated exposures. Laura Kirmayer, MA, associate psychologist and director of the Brave Buddies program at the Child Mind Institute, will explain the whys, whens, and hows of exposure therapy so that parents and professionals can effectively guide children up the ladder. Additionally, she will help parents and teachers create their own portable brave talking kits and integrate graduated exposures into daily routines. This workshop will build on the core skill sets covered in the prior workshop, Building Brave Muscles.READ MORE
I'm working with a student who doesn't want to read out loud and is unresponsive in class. Please help!
- Rachel Busman, PsyD
Kids who freeze when asked to speak or perform in class may look like they're being defiant, but often they are acutely anxious.READ MORE
My son, who has been taking Prozac for selective mutism, is now completely verbal in school. When can we start taking him off it?
- Natalie Weder, MD
Kids tend to do best if they stay on medications for a year after their symptoms are gone or mostly goneREAD MORE
She said her words got 'stuck.'
In preschool, she said that her words got 'stuck.' Her extreme anxiety prevented her from speaking even when she really wanted to. Simply put, she was panicked into silence.READ MORE
Selective Mutism 101
Rachel Busman, PsyD, director of the Selective Mutism Service, leads an in-depth discussion on the diagnosis of selective mutism, debunking the unfortunate myths and misunderstandings that continue to impact children challenged with the disorder and covering the history of the diagnosis.READ MORE
Tips for Helping Kids With Selective Mutism Go Back to School
If you have a child with selective mutism, it's important to give her as much support as you can as she encounters a new teacher, in an unfamiliar classroom.READ MORE