Do any of these sound familiar?
- I do want to speak but the words just won’t come out.
- It feels like the words are stuck in my throat.
- I don’t like it.
- I don’t want to do it.
- She’s such a chatterbox at home.
- The closer we get to school the less he speaks.
- She looks like a rabbit in the headlights.
- It’s like he is almost about to speak to me.
- The more I ask the more she clams up.
- Sometimes she talks and sometimes she doesn’t.
- He’s really slow and hesitant to get started with things like writing and dressing.
- They think he’s being stubborn.
- Talking in front of certain people feels too scary.
Someone you know may be suffering from Selective Mutism (SM) or speech confidence difficulties e.g. relucant talking. Often children with these difficulties can be labelled “shy” or parents are told that they will “grow out of it”. However, these are compounding difficulties that will not go away if left untreated.
If you have concerns about your child’s speaking confidence E.A.T Speech provide specialist assessment and intervention in home and at school for Selective Mutism and associated difficulties.
Check out our partner website https://www.selectivemutismwa.com/ for further information and advice in this area.