CHILDREN WHO CAN SPEAK BUT DON’T – WORKING WITH RELUCTANT SPEAKERS AND SELECTIVE MUTISM
Course Tutor: Maggie Johnson, Speech and Language Therapist
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Gwent Visual Impairment
William Brown Close
Llantarnam Industrial Park
Persistent failure to speak in certain situations is usually linked to a specific phobia of talking, but is commonly mistaken for shyness, stubbornness, manipulation or attention-seeking. If mishandled, the child’s silence can become increasingly difficult to break. Maggie discusses how staff in schools and pre-school settings can recognise the difference between shyness and ‘selective mutism’ and work with parents to help children overcome their reluctance to communicate.
Prevention in the early years can save years of distress for children, families and staff but it is never too late to make a difference and help children find their voice.