How to help your child with selective mutism

The workshop will be run later in 2021 – dates tbc


This 3-hour workshop 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.

This workshop is being run as part of the clinic’s new “Quick Talk” program, which is a combination of intensive workshops for the parent and school, a combined assessment/session, tailored recommendations for the parents and school, self-guided implementation of strategies, and advanced follow up workshops and webinars for the parents and school.


Topics that are covered in the seminar:

  • 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 seminar 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 seminar 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.


The seminar (next dates in 2021 tbc) will be held in the Crows Nest Centre, at 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest. The centre is a 15-minute walk from St Leonards’ train station, and close to buses. Click here to go to the Crows Nest Centre website. Drinks and light snacks will be provided.

The seminar will be repeated as a webinar on the Thursday following the workshop from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.


Holtermann Street Car Park is just behind the Crows Nest Centre: the car park offers up to 2 hours’ free parking; the cost for the third hour is $8.20, and $6.20 per half hour thereafter. There is ample parking in the streets surrounding the centre, although please carefully check the time restrictions.


The seminar price is $150. Cancelled bookings can be transferred but not refunded. 


To register, 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 you can request an invoice to be emailed to your school or pay over the phone via credit card by calling our reception on (02) 9438 2511 or emailing the clinic.  


Can’t make the live workshop?

To attend the evening webinar, click here.
To purchase a 4-week access to the seminar recording, click here.
To purchase a USB package of the seminar, click here.

Workshop – How to help your child with selective mutism (3 hrs)

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