Preschoolers with Selective Mutism: Transitioning to School

Thursday 7th November 2024 from 6 to 7.30pm (Sydney time).


Elizabeth presenting at a previous evening seminar for selective mutism.


This evening webinar about helping preschoolers with selective mutism transition to school is targeted for:

  • Preschool and early learning teachers who have a preschooler with selective mutism who is transitioning to school next year
  • Teachers and support staff in primary school who will be receiving a child with selective mutism into the first year of school next year (e.g., Kindergarten, Reception)
  • Parents or carers with preschoolers who will be transitioning to school next 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 webinar:

  • 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 webinar 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 2025
  • Primary school kindergarten teachers who will have a child with selective mutism entering their class in 2025
  • 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
  • Speech pathologists
  • School psychologists


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.

Webinar platform:

The webinar will be run using ‘Zoom’ software. A link will be sent to participants prior to the webinar.



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


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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).

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