About this course
Do you have children who have Selective Mutism or who are 'Reluctant Talkers' in your school? Without appropriate support these children often slip under the radar leading to their difficulties becoming entrenched and in some cases even persisting into adulthood. This course will teach you all about Selective Mutism and Reluctant Talkers i.e. what it is, how to identify it, how it differs from being shy, the 'do's and don'ts' of supporting a child with these conditions and unpicking common misconceptions.
Expected Impact on School/Setting:
Schools will be able to identify these pupils and provide appropriate early intervention to support their needs which is often extremely effective in a short time period. These children are often 'perfectionists' so can be high achievers if they are supported at an early stage to manage their anxiety within school so they can fully access the curriculum. Children who go undiagnosed with this condition can have increased risk of many poor outcomes including mental health difficulties, becoming socially isolated, becoming 'school refusers', weak educational attainment and leaving school without going on to further education or training.
Target Group: Teachers, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators, Teaching Assistants and any other staff in school who support these pupils or their families