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Tue, Jul 18

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Virtual Event

Helping Children Find their Voice in School and Beyond: Selective Mutism Basics for Young Children

Selective mutism is a childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s inability to speak in one or more social settings (e.g., at school or in public places, with adults or peers) despite being able to speak comfortably in other settings, such as at home with family.

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Helping Children Find their Voice in School and Beyond: Selective Mutism Basics for Young Children
Helping Children Find their Voice in School and Beyond: Selective Mutism Basics for Young Children

Time & Location

Jul 18, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Virtual Event

About the event

Selective mutism is a childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s inability to speak in one or more social settings (e.g., at school or in public places, with adults or peers) despite being able to speak comfortably in other settings, such as at home with family. This condition is often first noticed by preschool or early primary classroom teachers and it can have a significant impact on the student’s ability to fully participate in classroom and school activities both academically and socially. Attend this webinar to gain a better understanding of this complex and often misunderstood condition and learn resources and strategies which can be crucial  in supporting the child in overcoming selective mutism.

Participants will:

1. Understand selective mutism as an anxiety disorder

2. Identify signs and symptoms to support early identification/understanding of selective mutism in children and the impact of selective mutism on a student's school participation

3. Learn classroom strategies to increase comfort and success and decrease  accomodations and anxiety

4. Know where to access additional evidence based resources and information to support children who have selective mutism and their families

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