Selective Mutism

Selective Mutism

Selective Mutism (SM), sometimes called Situational Mutism, is an anxiety-based mental health disorder which usually begins in early childhood. Those with SM speak fluently in some situations (e.g., at home) but remain consistently silent in others (e.g., at school, in the community).

The video below has been developed by  a group of speech and language therapists in Ireland with a special interest in selective mutism.

Useful links

These resources are not provided by IASLT but may be of interest to families, carers and teachers

Helping children with speech sounds

A child’s speech sounds take time to develop.

Communication development in twins/multiple births.

Parents of twins/multiples often ask- will my children be slower to talk than their peers?

Multilingual communities

Supporting multilingualism and multiculturalism across the lifespan.