Webinar USB – Treatment for Selective Mutism in Schools and Preschools (3 hrs)

The webinar featured on this USB provides strategies in the school setting for preschool- and primary-school aged children.



The webinar featured in this USB provides strategies in the school setting for preschool – and primary-school aged children. Learn about why some children are unable or very reluctant to talk at school, and specific strategies to apply in the school setting as part of an intensive school program that will gradually enable the child to become a confident communicator at school with all teachers and peers.

Topics that are covered include:

  1. What is Selective Mutism
  2. Understanding Selective Mutism as an anxiety disorder
  3. Understanding a graded approach to treating anxiety
  4. A graded approach to working on communication – the Selective Mutism Clinic’s ‘5 Stages of communication’
  5. Factors that make it harder or easier for children with selective mutism to communicate
  6. General do’s and dont’s of managing selective mutism
  7. Education for all staff at a school about selective mutism
  8. Specific treatment strategies to use at preschool/school and in the classroom including:
    • Starting out strategies, including educating all staff about selective mutism
    • Building and expanding talking with the classroom teacher, including the ‘Sliding In’ strategy
    • Generalising talking to friends, and eventually each child in the class
    • Building children’s communication in small groups in the classroom
    • Helping children communicate in whole-class situations and in front of the class
    • Generalising talking to other teachers and staff
    • Expanding talking so that it becomes more spontaneous
  9. Strategies to help a child transition to a new school year and new teacher

This webinar is recommended for:

  1. Primary school and preschool teachers or caregivers who are currently teaching or caring for a child with Selective Mutism or an extremely reluctant talker
  2. School psychologists or Learning Support staff who provide support to children with Selective Mutism
  3. School staff who wish to attend a professional development opportunity and learn about a rigorous behavioural method of treating an anxiety condition
  4. Speech therapists who are working with a child with selective mutism or would like to understand more about the condition
  5. Family members of a child who has Selective Mutism, or other key figures in the child’s life who want to gain a better understanding of specific strategies for selective mutism
  6. If you are seeking information about children with selective mutism in high school please see details about our high school seminar here.


The webinar is presented by Dr Elizabeth Woodcock, a Clinical Psychologist, who established and is the Director of the Selective Mutism Clinic in Sydney. She is co-author of the book chapter ‘Treatment Programmes for Children with Selective Mutism’ in the book ‘Innovations and Advances in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ edited by D. Einstein (2007). Elizabeth has worked in both private practice and the public sector, in both research and clinical settings for over twenty years. Elizabeth provides treatment for children and adults with a range of clinical disorders, and regularly provides training seminars for teachers, parents, and clinicians about Selective Mutism. Elizabeth has seen or supervised over 800 cases of children with selective mutism.


The price for the USB package (which is in a case similar to a typical DVD package) is $150.  To pay, please click on the link below to pay via Paypal or credit card. This will add the relevant items to your basket, then navigate to the basket and follow the links. Alternatively, if you would prefer to pay over the phone via credit card or have an invoice emailed to you, please call our reception on (02) 9438 2511 or email the clinic.  


Other options:

This webinar is usually run every year as a live workshop and a webinar.
To purchase access to a 4-week online recording of the seminar, click here.