About Selective Mutism
Please take some time to explore the site and learn about Selective Mutism (often referred to as ‘SM’), which can have a distressing effect not only on those with the condition but also on their families.
New Maggie Johnson podcast
A 2-part podcast of Maggie Johnson’s interview on SM with Dr Christie: ‘Understanding Selective Mutism’ is packed with tips and info. Maggie also talks about her new book, ‘The Selective Mutism Workbook for Parents and Professionals’. The podcasts are free to access from our Videos page:
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What is Selective Mutism?
Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder which prevents those affected from speaking in certain situations, such as at school or in public.
SMIRA’s team consists mainly of volunteers who all have knowledge of selective mutism, whether as parents, professionals or from their own personal experience.
A range of resources to consider for parents and carers or those involved in treating Selective Mutism.
Are you the parent or carer of a child or young person between the ages of 5 and 16?
SMIRA is running a new research study. This study aims to capture up-to-date information on speaking behaviours in ALL children and young people in the UK, not just those with SM. It is an online questionnaire and will take 10 minutes per child to complete.
Please click the link below to take part:
SMIRA statement regarding the use of the terms ‘reluctant speaker’ and ‘reluctant talker’
SMIRA has noticed an increase in the terms ‘reluctant speaker’ and ‘reluctant talker’ being used as synonyms for Selective Mutism. We find the use of these terms is unhelpful, as they may be misleading, promoting the mistaken belief that people with SM may be refusing to speak, rather than being unable to do so.