Teacher Talk

Teachers should stop all criticism when working with a Selective Mutism child. This includes verbally and writing on the child’s papers. They should encourage any positive attempts, no matter how small.

Teachers should provide a relaxed, comfortable, supportive, and approving atmosphere for the child where all attempts at speaking would be met with praise. Encourage the child to participate in plays, etc. The Selective Mutism child may be met with some real challenges. They may speak in a play and although extremely quiet when speaking the lines, they will manage to accomplish the job. An important aspect of the child’s education is communication between teachers from year to year. Knowing what works and what doesn’t can give the future teacher a head start in setting goals for the year.