Selective mutism in our own words : experiences in childhood and adulthood / Carl Sutton and Cheryl Forrester ; foreword by Donna Williams.

By: Sutton, Carl.
Contributor(s): Forrester, Cheryl.
Publisher: London ; Philadelphia, PA : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016Copyright date: 2016Description: 271 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781849056366.Subject(s): SELECTIVE MUTISM | ANXIETY | CHILDREN | ADOLESCENTS | ADULTS | SYMPTOMS | DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA | COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS | COPING BEHAVIOUR | CASE STUDIESGenre/Form: Personal Narrative. | Personal Narratives.
Contents:
Foreword / by Donna Williams -- An experimental introduction to selective mutism -- Selective mutism-what it is in our own words -- Early life and selective mutism -- Early school experience and selective mutism -- High school experience and selective mutism -- Parents' experiences of high school and home-schooling -- Becoming an adult with selective mutism -- Bullying and selective mutism -- Mutism, family relationships and the home environment -- Those who spoke for me-- Selective mutism and Asperger syndrome -- Selective mutism and learning difficulties -- Parents' experiences of selective mutism -- Therapists' experiences of selective mutism -- A teacher's experience of helping a child find her voice -- How different life would have been without selective mutism -- Life stories -- Appendixes: A. Helping a new partner join a family where there is a child with selective mutism -- B. The reasons why I dislike school.
Summary: "An eye-opening and enlightening collection of stories from people living with Selective Mutism (SM), this book provides a much-needed platform for people with SM to share experiences of the condition in their own words. Exploring all aspects of SM, from symptoms and diagnostic criteria, to triggers and the consequences of being psychologically unable to speak, the stories in this book dispel the myths around this often misunderstood condition. Far from refusing to talk, or choosing not to, the contributors offer genuine insights into why they simply cannot speak in certain situations or in front of certain people. Children, teens and adults from the UK and US share experiences of feeling isolated, struggling at school, and finding ways to communicate. Letting people with SM know that they are not alone with the condition, the book will also help family, friends and professionals to understand what it is like to live with SM."--Publisher's information.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Foreword / by Donna Williams -- An experimental introduction to selective mutism -- Selective mutism-what it is in our own words -- Early life and selective mutism -- Early school experience and selective mutism -- High school experience and selective mutism -- Parents' experiences of high school and home-schooling -- Becoming an adult with selective mutism -- Bullying and selective mutism -- Mutism, family relationships and the home environment -- Those who spoke for me-- Selective mutism and Asperger syndrome -- Selective mutism and learning difficulties -- Parents' experiences of selective mutism -- Therapists' experiences of selective mutism -- A teacher's experience of helping a child find her voice -- How different life would have been without selective mutism -- Life stories -- Appendixes: A. Helping a new partner join a family where there is a child with selective mutism -- B. The reasons why I dislike school.

"An eye-opening and enlightening collection of stories from people living with Selective Mutism (SM), this book provides a much-needed platform for people with SM to share experiences of the condition in their own words. Exploring all aspects of SM, from symptoms and diagnostic criteria, to triggers and the consequences of being psychologically unable to speak, the stories in this book dispel the myths around this often misunderstood condition. Far from refusing to talk, or choosing not to, the contributors offer genuine insights into why they simply cannot speak in certain situations or in front of certain people. Children, teens and adults from the UK and US share experiences of feeling isolated, struggling at school, and finding ways to communicate. Letting people with SM know that they are not alone with the condition, the book will also help family, friends and professionals to understand what it is like to live with SM."--Publisher's information.

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