Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc. understands that during this pandemic, as parents, you struggle to balance work, child care, and self-care while keeping your worries at bay. It is especially hard for those with children with selective mutism or social anxiety disorder.
Our non-profit organization in Tamarac, Florida, recognizes that they are most especially struggling with their brave talking goal because of school closure and home quarantine. This may seem unlikely because they can be very talkative at home, but once home quarantine is lifted, getting them back to socialize may be difficult.
This is why it is important that rules are implemented and routines are established to help manage the kids’ anxiety and reach their goals. Routines and regular schedules can help them cope when they spend their time all day at home. Consistency and structure can help them stay calm during stressful situations.
If you have a support or campaign group, make sure that they can stay in touch virtually with you and your child. It can help your kid feel connected and get familiar with their friends and relatives and make them feel less alone and help lift their spirits up from being away from friends.
But when things get tough and everything seems hard, don’t be too hard on yourself and ask for help. Our Public Service Organization in Florida is here to help you stay safe at the same time to help you deal with your fear and anxiety in managing your child with selective mutism.