"Suffering in Silence"
By Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum dedicated to her daughter Sophia Blum
What is Selective Mutism?
It is a beautiful little 4 yr old who loves to talk to her
dolls...But she cannot speak outside the home..
It is an adorable 6 yr old boy who runs around boisterously in his
backyard ............ . but stands expressionless, staring into space,
when he enters his classroom..
It is a 11 yr old little girl who sings and writes beautiful songs at
home.......but cannot verbalize a sound to her teacher and classmates.
It is a 15 yr old boy who loves computers; roughhousing and joking
with his best friend...... but cannot talk to his best friend at
school or other social events.
It is a sensitive and perceptive little 5 yr old girl who tells her
parents all the exciting and fun things she wants to do at her
birthday party....... .....but has never spoken a word to anyone
outside the home..
It is a comical 6 yr old girl who dances and sings in the
entertainment room while her family proudly watches on....but, stands
motionless, and cannot utter a sound when her class rehearses for the
It is a 9 yr old boy cheering loudly and intensely as he watches his
favorite hockey team score a goal... but sits alone at a party and
sadly turns away when another child approaches him.
It is an artistic 7-year-old girl who prides herself on showing off
her artwork to her family and two best friends.... but cannot talk to
these friends at school..
What is Selective Mutism? It is a child suffering in silence
I thought this was so beautiful! I belong to a yahoo group of parents with children of all ages dealing with selective mutism. Anyways, I just thought I'd share this with everyone.
Me and the girls are back home! They had a great time with Nana, Gampy, my sister and Daisy-cat! They talked non-stop for the entire ride home! They wanted to tell me everything! I loved it! They passed out within about 5 minutes of laying down in their beds. It is nice to be home, I just wish my husband was here. He did call from the field tonight though!
Tomorrow it is back to the grind and I am thankful.