Dear Diary – 5 Years Old | Selective Mutism

Dear Diary, I was 4 yesterday but today I am 5. That’s because it’s my birthday today. I got a doll's pram from my Mummy and my Daddy for my birthday and my sister got me a baby doll to go in my doll's pram. I got lots of money in all my cards from … Continue reading Dear Diary – 5 Years Old | Selective Mutism

Please Don’t Refuse To Give Any Treats To The Child Who Doesn’t Say Trick Or Treat – They May Have Selective Mutism

I have always loved trick or treating. For most of my childhood years, my sisters and I would go trick or treating every single year. Selective Mutism presented many challenges for me when it came to going trick or treating… Where I’m from, we sing a song instead of saying trick or treat so when … Continue reading Please Don’t Refuse To Give Any Treats To The Child Who Doesn’t Say Trick Or Treat – They May Have Selective Mutism

Selective Mutism: Hypervigilance About Who Is Around

When it comes to having Selective Mutism, every single person who has SM will have experienced hypervigilance to some degree. When given a psychological evaluation, I was found to have pretty severe levels of hypervigilance which was not surprising to me. "Hypervigilance is an enhanced state of sensory sensitivity accompanied by an exaggerated intensity of … Continue reading Selective Mutism: Hypervigilance About Who Is Around

Why Do So Many People Believe That Selective Mutism Is A Choice?

Something that has always baffled me is why so many people believe that people who have Selective Mutism choose not to talk. I realise that the two main reasons are because of the name (Selective Mutism which suggests that it is a choice) and also the fact that people with SM do talk in some … Continue reading Why Do So Many People Believe That Selective Mutism Is A Choice?

The Devastating Consequences of Untreated Selective Mutism

TRIGGER WARNING: This blog contains content that may be upsetting to some people.    Throughout my blogs, I have mentioned multiple times that I have 7 different anxiety disorders as a result of my untreated Selective Mutism. Whereas I am not ready to talk about every single one of them just yet, there is one … Continue reading The Devastating Consequences of Untreated Selective Mutism

Difficulty Communicating Effectively When You Start To Recover From Selective Mutism

When it comes to overcoming Selective Mutism, it is not as simple as many people may think; particularly if you’re in your teens or into adulthood. It is not just a case of once you’ve gone through all of the techniques that you’ll be able to be a complete chatterbox absolutely everywhere. I have a … Continue reading Difficulty Communicating Effectively When You Start To Recover From Selective Mutism