Compared to other children’s mental health issues, resources related to selective mutism are relatively scant.  Of what exists, there is a complete paucity of resources available that outline specific strategies and tools for helping youth with selective mutism overcome a fear of speaking.  Informed by her years of clinical experience with this population and driven by frequent requests for information, Dr. McHolm has prioritized the development of resources to support parents and professionals in their important work with this special population of children.  The following resources may be of interest to you

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Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism:
A Book Written for Parents (& Professionals)


McHolm, A., Cunningham, C. & Vanier, M. (2005). Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism: Practical Steps to Overcome a Fear of Speaking. California: New Harbinger Publications Inc.

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Through her clinical work with the Selective Mutism Service at McMaster Children’s Hospital, Dr. McHolm was struck by the commitment of parents and professionals to advocate for children with selective mutism. Consistently, parents and professionals voiced eagerness to find answers to their questions:
• What is selective mutism?
• Is it just shyness or a phase that my child will outgrow?
• How long will it last?
• What can I do to help?

Now published in 5 languages, Helping Your Children with Selective Mutism: Practical Steps to Overcome a Fear of Speaking, interested readers are provided an overview of selective mutism including its typical characteristics and an understanding of why selective mutism develops. In the second half of the book, effective strategies for helping a child overcome the condition are carefully outlined in a step-by-step fashion. In addition to being a comprehensive resource for parents, the book is recommended also as a guide for professionals - such as educators, mental health professionals, speech and language pathologists, and physicians - providing support to the child with selective mutism.
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
What is Selective Mutism?
Why does Selective Mutism Happen?
How Professionals Can Help Your Child
What are the Basic Principles of the Program?
Setting Up the Management Team
What Comes First in the Intervention?
How Do You Set Up Your Child’s Conversational Ladder?
Setting Up Conversational Visits at the School
Expanding Your Child’s Social Circle
Maintaining Your Child’s Success and Ensuring Progress at School
Factors That Influence Progress: Revisiting the Case of Peter
Preparing Your Child for School Transitions and Looking Ahead to the New Year

Where Do I Find the Book?
Helping Your Children with Selective Mutism: Practical Steps to Overcome a Fear of Speaking is available through on-line bookstores and major bookstores.
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McHolm, A. (2010).  Helping Children Overcome Selective Mutism:  A Companion Manual of Forms & Resources.


As a means to provide tools for those assisting a child with selective mutism, this manual includes a series of monitoring forms and information sheets that supplement the intervention approach outlined in McHolm, A. et al’s (2005) book.

It should be noted that the companion manual is intended to serve as a companion to the above resource.   Although basic instructions for usage are provided, proper application of these materials requires that the user be familiar with the intervention approach detailed elsewhere.  This companion manual of forms and resources is not intended to be a stand-alone workbook or guide for individuals working with children with selective mutism. 

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