Review: A Selective Mutism Memoir

Today is the 4th of July, the historic day when America, the nation that I was nurtured and raised in, declared independence from the tyrannical constraints of the mighty kingdom of Great Britain. Fireworks will be going off later today in the most ostentatious fashion, and patriotic spirit will run high. But, at the risk of committing treason, I will be reviewing a book today by none other than a lovely Brit named Jessica Thorpe, who overcame her selective mutism. The book is called Slipping in and out of my Two Worlds, addressing the dichotomy between the public, silent environment…
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7 Benefits of Selective Mutism

There's a lot of information out there about why having selective mutism can be a bummer. Yeah, it isn't a walk on the beach or a party on the moon, but it's not all bad. Here's a list of good things that usually applies if you have selective mutism. You are highly empathetic. You can understand what others are going through because you've also been through a lot, and you can sort of go, oh, if I was in that situation, I'd feel like that. You become great at keeping secrets. People know that if they tell you something meaningful…
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Selective Mutism and Enabling

Ice cream guy: "What's your favorite kind of ice cream?" -Child looks nervous- Child's mom: "Oh, she loves chocolate!" Coming to the rescue is a natural and pure instinct that comes from good intentions. She isn't talking, and everyone feels the tension. So I will be her voice. This is called enabling, where you try to help someone, but it doesn't necessarily help. Something you could do instead is use a combination of small steps and positive reinforcement. Like telling her to whisper it in your ear and then letting her get some extra toppings on her chocolate ice cream.…
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