Parent Essentials: Helping Your Child With Selective Mutism

This course provides an easily digestible starting point for parents of children with selective mutism; guiding them onto the right path to helping their child as soon as possible.

When parents discover that their child has, or may have selective mutism, parents often feel overwhelmed, in despair, knowing that their child is not talking in some situations, yet not knowing how to help them.

Often parents have researched selective mutism, but haven't known where to start - what tangible steps they should take moving forward.

I have created this Parent Essentials course as a solution; a clear course, giving you the key information that you need to put you on the right path to helping your child.

My intention is to take away any overwhelm, and give you clear steps that you can follow, so that rather than having to trial and error yourself; instead you can listen to this course, gain clarity, and know the next steps and path that you can take to helping your child.

This course is suitable for parents internationally who have a child with selective mutism.

This course has 8 videos:

Video 1: An introduction to the course & my personal story (14.05)

Video 2: An overview of selective mutism (11.14)

Video 3: My child has selective mutism, or is showing signs of selective mutism: what now?! (20.37)

Video 4: Understanding anxiety & avoidance (10.05)

How Covid may impact how we work with children with SM (newly added video) (6:15)

Video 5: An overview of graded exposure (9.46)

Video 6: What causes selective mutism & maintaining factors (14.59)

Video 7: An overview of the key takeaway points & your path moving forward (10.14)

Video 8: What next? (4.37)

Your Instructor

Lucy Nathanson
Lucy Nathanson

Lucy Nathanson is a child therapist and founder of based in London, UK who specialises in working with children with selective mutism.

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Lucy works in schools implementing interventions gradually exposing children with selective mutism to their fear of talking in small steps; she also guides school led interventions and delivers staff training on selective mutism in schools.

Her YouTube videos on selective mutism have had over 150,000 views.

On an international level, Lucy offers Online Sessions, having supported parents of children with selective mutism from the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and more.

Lucy’s articles on selective mutism have been published in The Primary Times, both online and in the magazine and she is the author of ‘Understanding Selective Mutism: A Beginner’s Guide’, 'My name is Eliza and I don't talk at school', and 'Why doesn't Alice talk at school?' all available on Amazon.

Lucy has a BSc degree in Applied Psychology and Sociology from the University of Surrey.

She has also completed the following courses delivered by Maggie Johnson and Alison Wintgens (authors of The Selective Mutism Resource Manual):

·Working with Selective Mutism: effective approaches to assessment and management of children and adolescents

·Working with Selective Mutism: extension level – supplementary approaches to assessment and management.

The extension level covered complex cases, including working with children with ASD and Selective Mutism.

Lucy was a speaker at the SMIRA (Selective Mutism Information and Research Association) conference twice, and a speaker at the Languages and Emotions conference (organised by the University of Silesia) held in Katowice, Poland on three occasions. Her presentations were entitled 'Implementing a small steps programme for working with children with selective mutism', 'An overview of interventions for children with selective mutism' and 'Selective mutism therapy: challenges and frequently asked questions'.

In July 2016, she completed training in treatment for children with selective mutism at the Child Mind Institute in New York City, USA. She then took part in the ‘Brave Buddies’ programme (an intensive therapeutic programme for children with selective mutism).

In 2017, she took part in the WeSpeak programme at Kurtz Consulting LTD in New York, which is a therapeutic programme for children with selective mutism aged 10-14 years.

In 2018, she co-delivered a workshop in Melbourne, Australia on selective mutism for parents and professionals.

She co-founded the Selective Mutism Group Programme (SMGP) and co-delivered it in the UK in 2019 and in Australia in 2020.

Lucy's passion is to help as many children with selective mutism as possible in finding their voice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the course suitable for older children / teenagers?
The course isn't age specific, and will help you to understand selective mutism no matter what your child's age. Please have a look at the video titles to see if it would be useful for you in your child's case.
Is this course relevant to those who already have some idea of how to move forward with their child?
The course is mainly aimed at parents who have just discovered that their child has SM and are unsure where to start, however, of course it could be a good refresher to those who already have an idea of how to help their child and may also provide new inspiration.
Is this course relevant to those in different education systems / countries?
Yes, because this course doesn't give education system specific advice. It focuses on the general principles of selective mutism & understanding what the child is experiencing and how to support them, which is relevant regardless of the country or the education system the child is in.

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