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Archived Webinar: Selective Mutism and Anxiety Disorders in Children

(recorded October 12, 2016)

“During the webinar, Dr. St. Pierre was asked to provide examples of a fear ladder for social speaking. In step one, you will see examples of how detailed we need to be in generating different examples of fear in situations requiring social speech. In step two, this example shows what fear ladder practice for gradual exposure might look like”.

Step 1

Step 2 

Families concerned their child has social anxiety and social speaking anxiety (selective mutism), should click here for a comprehensive list of resources they can share with the school team, including websites, treatment guides and children’s picture books on SM. The list now includes tips for staying social during Coronavirus school closures.

If you want just one book as a guide for an SM child, we recommend: Overcoming Selective Mutism: The Parent’s Field Guide by Aimee Kotrba and Shari Saffer (2018).

For a 10 minute video introduction to Selective Mutism and how to increase your child’s comfort interacting with others, we recommend this video.


Selective Mutism and Anxiety Disorders in Children
Presented by Dr. Jeff St. Pierre (October 12, 2016)

Handouts: Need to Know, Slide deck

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Aspects of Anxiety
Part 3: Strategies for Anxiety
Part 4: Overview of the Condition
Part 5: What to do in Your Role 

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