About this project
In the video- Makenzie sang a song in front of her kindergarten class, and it was more than she verbally said out loud in a full year in preschool! I emailed it to her former preschool teacher and she said, "I cried happy tears. What amazing progress!"
I have written a book on selective mutism, which is currently one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses ever. Selective mutism is a rare and sever anxiety disorder. It is frequently mistaken for other things, which makes it confusing, so I address these other diagnoses in my book as well. However, my main goal in publishing this book is to offer hope to other parents of children with selective mutism; these children can find their voices! Children with selective mutism really can be successful both socially and academically!
My identical twin daughters barely uttered a single word in preschool, even though they can speak and want to speak to people. Their anxiety basically paralyzes their mouths- frozen shut. It's like the little girl in the photo on my opening page; she just wants to get out but needs help to do so! If you have children, you can only imagine how heartbreaking it would be to watch your children suffer in silence on a daily basis.
These children with selective mutism are socially isolated, which is so sad because they desperately want friends. It's hard for them- because who wants to play with the kid who doesn't talk?!? But, I now can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Selective mutism is not necessarily "curable," but my goal is to offer information to parents, teachers, and therapists and give the best strategies to help these children maneuver in social and academic situations to use their voices.
The chapter outline is as follows:
1. What Selective Mutism Feels Like for a Parent; What Selective Mutism Feels Like for a Child.
2. What is Selective Mutism?
3. What Causes Selective Mutism?
4. Differential Diagnosis and the Issues that Delay a Diagnosis
5. Adverse Effects When a Child with Selective Mutism is not Identified Early On
6. Therapeutic Concepts and Techniques to Help Alleviate Selective Mutism Symptoms in Home, School, and Community Settings
7. Other Interpersonal Modes of Therapy for Young Children
8. Early Intervention Services
9. Special Education Law and School Accommodations for Children with Selective Mutism
10. Medication Options for Children with Selective Mutism
11. Coping Strategies for Parents
12. A Child with Selective Mutism is Meant to Swim!
Risks and challenges
For this book, Suffering in Silence; The Key to Unlocking Selective Mutism, I have already signed with a publishing company, Balboa Press! This publishing company also published my last book, titled Toddlers & ADHD, which is a 476 page manual for parents, teachers, and clinicians, and it came out back in March of 2014. Because of my experience already working with Balboa Press Publishing, I am not anticipating any problems (except the cost of course, which is why I am on Kickstarter). I have already written all 12 chapters of this book, Suffering in Silence; The Key to Unlocking Selective Mutism. I am currently in the revising stages and will be submitting the 300 page work in April 2015, which means it will be out early summer 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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