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Tackling selective mutism : a guide for professionals and parents
Smith, Benita Rae, 1934- , editor.
Publication Information:
London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015.
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308 pages ; 23 cm
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RJ506.M87 T33 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Family Place

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Bringing together the latest research and understanding on selective mutism, this edited book gives essential information on the various treatment and therapy options. Experts in the fields of speech and language therapy, psychology, music therapy education and communication offer a wide range of professional perspectives on the condition, while case studies from people with selective mutism, past sufferers and parents reveal the personal impact. The book also clarifies what support a person with selective mutism is likely to need at home, school and in social situations.

This definitive volume on selective mutism will be key reading for professionals such as speech and language therapists, educational psychologists, child psychiatrists, child and adolescent mental health workers, teachers, SENCOs and anyone working with selective mutism in therapeutic and educational settings, as well as family members wanting a closer understanding of what selective mutism is and how they can help.

Author Notes

Benita Rae Smith is a retired Speech and Language Therapist and Senior Lecturer in Speech Pathology and Therapy (specialising in child language and communication development and disorder).
Alice Sluckin, OBE is Chair and Founder of the Selective Mutism Information Research Association (SMIRA). She was a senior psychiatric social worker in a clinical setting for many years. Both have written widely, Alice on SM and other conditions and Rae on linguistic pragmatics and related issues. The editors both live in Leicester, UK.

Table of Contents

Jean GrossAlice Sluckin and Rae SmithTony ClineVictoria RoeAlice Sluckin and Lindsay WhittingtonHilary CleatorAlison WintgensJenny PackerGeoffrey Gibson and David BrambleJyoti Shanna and Jane Kay and Susan Johnson and Rae SmithAlice SluckinMaggie Johnson and Miriam Jemmett and Charlotte FirthAlice Sluckin and Rae Smith and Nitza Katz-Bernstein and Keiko KakutaKate JonesRosemary SageDenise Lanes and Rae SmithAlice Sluckin and Katie Herbert and Mina ClarkAlice Sluckin and Rae SmithCarl Sutton
Forewordp. 11
Acknowledgementsp. 15
1 Introducing Selective Mutism and an Overview of Approachesp. 17
Part I Current Understanding of Selective Mutism
2 Selective Mutism in Children: Changing Perspectives Over Half a Centuryp. 34
3 Silent Voices: Listening to Some Young People with Selective Mutism and Their Parentsp. 51
4 Setting up a Support Network: Selective Mutism Information & Research Association (SMIRA) - A Brief Historyp. 71
Part II Related and Co-Morbio Conditions
5 Selective Mutism and Communication Disorders: Exploring Co-morbidityp. 82
6 Exploring the Relationship of Selective Mutism to Autism Spectrum Disorderp. 97
7 Selective Mutism and Stammering: Similarities and Differencesp. 112
Part III Interventions, Strategies and Supports
8 Is Medication Helpful in Selective Mutism? One Family's Experience and a Clinical Overviewp. 118
9 Successful Approaches to Selective Mutism in School and Community Settingsp. 138
10 Successful Combined Home and School Approaches to Selective Mutismp. 158
11 Effective Care Pathways for Selective Mutismp. 172
12 Approaches to Treatment of Selective Mutism in Other Languagesp. 193
13 Music Therapy and the Path into Speechp. 206
14 Teaching Confidence to Teenagersp. 222
15 Legal Issues in Selective Mutism: What Support is a Child Entitled to?p. 237
Part IV Conclusion
16 Recovery from Selective Mutism: Testimonies from Families No Longer Affected by SMp. 250
17 Summary and Recommendations for the Futurep. 261
Appendix: Selective Mutism in Adultsp. 272
Referencesp. 276
Resourcesp. 289
Contributorsp. 296
Subject Indexp. 298
Author Indexp. 305