The webinar featured in this recording is a 3-hour webinar 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.
Topics that are covered in the webinar:
- What is Selective Mutism
- Differences between Selective Mutism and shyness
- Understanding anxiety
- How anxiety is addressed using a stepladder approach
- How communication difficulties can be improved using a ‘stepladder’ approach (a ‘5-stage model of communication’)
- Factors that make it harder or easier for children with selective mutism to communicate
- General do’s and dont’s of managing selective mutism
- Using ‘Sliding In’ as a strategy to help children with selective mutism start to talk to their teacher/clinician/key relatives
- Building children’s communication in social situations outside school such as at the shops, with relatives, and extracurricular activities
- Skills to teach your child about emotions, and general parenting strategies to help keep children’s anxiety low
- Details about the Selective Mutism Clinic’s intensive school program for selective mutism
The webinar is recommended for:
- Parents/carers and relatives of children with Selective Mutism, extreme shyness, social anxiety disorder, or extremely reluctant talkers
About the presenter:
The webinar is conducted 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 fifteen 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.