Go Check It Out! New Selective Mutism Book

“An eye-opening and enlightening collection of stories from people living with Selective Mutism (SM), this book provides a much-needed platform for people with SM to share experiences of the condition in their own words.

Exploring all aspects of SM, from symptoms and diagnostic criteria, to triggers and the consequences of being psychologically unable to speak, the stories in this book dispel the myths around this often misunderstood condition. Far from refusing to talk, or choosing not to, the contributors offer genuine insights into why they simply cannot speak in certain situations or in front of certain people. Children, teens and adults from the UK and US share experiences of feeling isolated, struggling at school, and finding ways to communicate. Letting people with SM know that they are not alone with the condition, the book will also help family, friends and professionals to understand what it is like to live with SM.”

Click here for more info –> http://www.ispeak.org.uk/InOurOwnWords.aspx <–

“My bones feel like glass, my skin feels like paper and my lips are glued shut.”

jacob

Video clip taken from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9f-84BpMpI
Quote take from http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/story?id=4436688

Getting The Word Out

Finding Our Voices - SM Support Magazine

It’s the first week of selective mutism awareness month and it’s great to see so much about it on Facebook, Twitter and other blogs. Here’s a few things that I’ve been doing to join in.

  • Changing my cover photo on Facebook – Over on the SM Space Cafe they have got together ideas and designed a cover photo for the awareness month. Here it is below, feel free to use it as your own cover photo and share it with others to help get the word out.

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  • Tweeting – Finding Our Voices magazine is now on Twitter (@SMSupportMag) and I’ve been tweeting about the awareness month along with a lot of other people.
  • Writing – At the beginning of the year I signed up for a writing course and I’ve written an article about selective mutism for the Autumn 2014 issue of Anxious Times…

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SM

Swords on Fire

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it is a dry feeling
in my soul and my mouth,
as though speaking
seems too much of a troublesome act
to commit

as though a crime,
to utter a word
or two
or a sentence
or a phrase

so I’ll stay quiet
in hopes that the people by me
will understand–

and if not, let them be
because I only care for you
and you’re the only
one
who can release me
from
selective mutism.

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