How to help your child with
selective mutism

This 3-hour webinar is for parents, carers, and family members who would like to understand more about Selective Mutism and learn specific strategies to help their child become a confident communicator at school and in other social settings.

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder similar to social anxiety whereby children who talk freely and normally at home feel anxious in social situations such as school or talking to strangers, and are unable to talk.

Selective Mutism can completely resolve with treatment, but usually requires 1 to 2 years of treatment in order to do so. Treatment usually involves an intensive program at preschool/school, 1 on 1 sessions with a psychologist, and lots of practise communicating in various social situations outside school.


  1. What is Selective Mutism
  2. Differences between Selective Mutism and shyness
  3. Understanding anxiety
  4. How anxiety is addressed using a stepladder approach
  5. How communication difficulties can be improved using a ‘stepladder’ approach (a ‘5-stage model of communication’)
  6. Factors that make it harder or easier for children with Selective Mutism to communicate
  7. General do’s and dont’s of managing Selective Mutism
  8. Using ‘Sliding In’ as a strategy to help children with Selective Mutism start to talk to their teacher/clinician/key relatives
  9. Building children’s communication in social situations outside school such as at the shops, with relatives, and extracurricular activities
  10. Skills to teach your child about emotions, and general parenting strategies to help keep children’s anxiety low
  11. Details about the Selective Mutism Clinic’s intensive school program for selective mutism

best suited for...

Parents and carers of children with Selective Mutism, extreme shyness, social anxiety, or extremely reluctant talkers.

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The access cost is $150 which provides 4 weeks’ access within 1 business day to the webinar online.



The price for the USB package (comes in a case) is $199. Free postage Australia-wide or $20 flat rate to the rest of the world.