Preschoolers with Selective Mutism: Transitioning to School

We will run this seminar as a webinar again in October 2023.


Elizabeth presenting at the evening seminar for selective mutism.


This evening seminar about treatment for selective mutism is targeted for parents and educators as well as support staff who have a child with selective mutism transitioning from preschool to school in the upcoming year.

Selective Mutism is a condition that severely restricts a child’s capacity for communicating verbally outside the home and typically occurs at the rate of 1 in every 200 children in primary school and much more frequently in preschool-aged children. It is a treatable anxiety disorder, but generally requires 1 to 2 years of treatment in order to resolve. The transition to school for preschoolers with Selective Mutism is often a stressful and difficult process and raises many questions for caregivers and parents. There are many factors to consider around such a transition such as educating the primary school and teachers about selective mutism, and preparing the child for the transition.


Topics that will be covered in the evening seminar:

  • Strategies for the last term of preschool that will prepare a child for school
  • What information to give to the primary school
  • Selecting an appropriate classroom teacher
  • The importance of peer relationships
  • Strategies to build the child’s readiness for the transition
  • Strategies for the teacher and school about selective mutism
  • Common issues and questions


The seminar is recommended for:

  • Preschool teachers or caregivers who are currently caring for a child with selective mutism or an extremely reluctant talker who is starting primary school in 2021
  • Primary school kindergarten teachers who will have a child with selective mutism entering their class in 2021
  • School psychologists or Learning Support staff who provide support to children with Selective Mutism
  • Family members of a child who has Selective Mutism who will be starting school next year


About the presenter:

Dr Elizabeth Woodcock is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Selective Mutism Clinic and also MindBox Psychology in Sydney. She has a Masters of Clinical Psychology and PhD from the University of NSW with over 20 years’ experience in treating child and adult mental health issues across both private practice and the public sector in research and clinical settings.

Elizabeth has a special interest in treatment of Selective Mutism and has seen or supervised close to 1000 cases of Selective Mutism in clients ranging from late 2’s to adulthood. She is first author of the chapter ‘Treatment Programmes for Children with Selective Mutism’ in the book ‘Innovations and Advances in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ edited by D. Einstein (2007). Elizabeth runs a series of training webinars about Selective Mutism each year to suit a range of audiences, including teachers, parents, speech pathologists, and psychologists.


The evening seminar will be held in the Crows Nest Centre, at 2 Ernest Place Crows Nest, NSW 2065. 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. Light refreshments will be provided.


Holtermann Street Car Park is just behind the Crows Nest Centre: the car park offers up to 2 hours’ free parking, and thereafter the cost is $5 per half hour. There is ample parking in the streets surrounding the centre, although please carefully check the time restrictions. Most parking in the nearby streets is metered until 6pm.


The seminar price is $80. Earlybird price for payments received before 21st August 2020 is $60. Registrations close on Monday 18th October 2020. Each additional person in the same booking (needs to be within the one payment) costs $50 per person. Cancelled bookings can be transferred but not refunded. 


To register, 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. If your school or organisation is paying and you would like an invoice to be sent to the school, click here to email the clinic and provide your name and phone number and request an invoice. Alternatively, you can call the clinic on 02 9438 2511.



Webinar – Preschoolers with Selective Mutism: Transitioning to School (1.5hrs)

1.5 hr webinar for parents, teachers, support workers, and early childhood workers.

The price of this webinar is $80. Earlybird price for payments by 26th September 2024 is $60.

Additional attendees within the same party, relating to the same child or within the same organisation cost $50 each. Select the number of additional attendees below (select ‘0’ if there is only one person attending).

Please click ‘Add to cart’ to register.