Suffering in Silence

Breaking Through Selective Mutism

by Donna Mac LCPC

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/29/2015

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 374
ISBN : 9781504339186
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 374
ISBN : 9781504339179
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 374
ISBN : 9781504339162

About the Book

Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder, and it’s currently one of the most misunderstood, under-diagnosed, and undertreated mental health conditions. When children with selective mutism feel expected or pressured to speak in social situations, they become terrified. Therefore, their level of anxiety significantly increases, but by remaining silent, their anxiety level slightly decreases, obtaining some relief for themselves. For these children, remaining silent is actually an ineffective coping mechanism, or a maladapted solution to create a sense of safety within themselves. Hence, their mouths freeze, and they are silent. This is temporary relief, but longitudinally, these children suffer in silence. Due to the fact that many children will display normative shy behavior or even socially anxious behavior at times, it can be challenging to discern if the child’s behavior falls within normal limits or if the child actually demonstrates clinically significant behavior, signifying a selective mutism diagnosis. This can be confusing for parents, teachers, and even clinicians. This manual is meant to help clarify this distinction and will also assist you in figuring out how to seek help, ask the right questions, and what you can expect from early intervention services, school-based services, and holistic, therapeutic, and psychiatric services.

About the Author

Donna Mac graduated from the University of Illinois and is currently a clinical therapist in a therapeutic day school, treating an array of mental health diagnoses. Donna and her husband live in the Chicagoland area with their three daughters and two puggles. Donna is not just some therapist offering therapeutic and academic ideas for selective mutism. Even more important, she is also a mom of twins diagnosed with SM. With Donna’s professional and personal experience combined, her goal is to offer hope and a sense of universality to the SM community, in addition to spreading awareness about this rare social communication anxiety disorder.