Raising a child calls for a village, raising a SM child calls for one hundred villages.
Be sure to remind yourself that Selective Mutism stems from childhood anxiety and is treatable.
Learn about what SM is and what the treatment strategies are
Find professional SM treatment: psychologist, occupational therapy (OT), speech therapy, psychiatry
Work with your child’s school: homeroom/special education teachers, social workers, counselors, OT, speech therapists, Individual Education Therapy (IEP) case manager
Inform family members, neighbors and friends on how to communicate with SM children
How to Reduce Stress and Pressure
SM is a genetic disorder. Know that you have done nothing wrong as a parent if your child has SM. Do not blame yourself for not discovering it earlier, not knowing how to help or not doing enough to help.
Be positive: SM is treatable, and with help, your child will be fine
Take care of yourself, your spouse, and family members while you work on the journey with SM
Reach out to friends. Be brave and open minded and willing to ask for help. SM parents also could have had SM or anxiety as a child. This makes it harder for them to ask for help.
Be willing to share your knowledge on SM with friends and family and anyone who is interested.