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Selective mutism is a childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s inability to speak in one or more social settings (e.g., at school or in public places, with adults) despite being able to speak comfortably in other settings, such as at home with family. This condition is often first noticed by preschool or early primary classroom teachers and it can have a significant impact on the student’s ability to fully participate in classroom and school activities. Attend this workshop to gain a better understanding of this complex condition and learn resources and strategies which can be helpful in supporting the child in overcoming selective mutism.

Presenter
Learner objectives
  • Understand selective mutism as an anxiety disorder
  • Identify signs and symptoms of selective mutism in children and their impact on school participation
  • Learn classroom strategies to increase comfort and decrease anxiety
  • Know where to access additional resources and information to support children and their families
Intended Audiences
Administrator, Early Childhood Educator, Family Member, Related Service Professional
Gateways training stage
Introductory
Training topic area
Special Needs/Inclusion
Gateways to Opportunity content area
Interactions, Relationships and Environments