Teachers should stop all criticism when working with a Selectively Mute 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. 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 headstart in setting goals for the year.