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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157224416X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244160
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Taking their school-based approach and adapting it for use by parents, the authors enlarge the audience who can benefit from their sound intervention program. The program is well-organized and employs graduated and systematic strategies that are both reasoned and researched. Building on established principles of learning, the program thoughtfully guides parents in how to teach, shape, and practice a step-by-step method for youth to overcome the fear of speaking. A welcomed addition to the literature that strives to reduce anxiety in youth, I encourage parents to read and apply the program.”
—Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology and director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Temple University

“Finally, parents of children who suffer from selective mutism have a comprehensive, well-written resource to help them deal with this challenging problem. This book provides a thorough description of the disorder as well as a detailed, practical, step-by-step program for helping the child overcome selective mutism once and for all. If someone you care about suffers from selective mutism, this book is a must! It is also a great resource for teachers and for professionals who treat selective mutism.”
—Martin M. Antony, Ph.D., ABPP, director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre at St. Joseph’s Healthcare and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON



“This is, without exception, the best book for parents on the topic of selective mutism I have had the pleasure to read. Loaded with information on the nature and causes of this childhood condition and filled with practical advice on how to cope with and effectively treat it, this book provides parents with a highly useful, trustworthy, science-based program for the child with selective mutism. Few if any professionals have more clinical experience with such children and the treatment of their condition than do McHolm and Cunningham. My congratulations both to the authors for putting together such a finely crafted book and to you, the reader, for having the good sense to buy it.”
—Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., research professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical School in Syracuse, NY



“Silence, indeed, is not always golden. Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism is a must-read for parents, educators, clinicians, and developmental researchers. McHolm and her colleagues have provided a scholarly, lucid, and practical account of how to understand and manage the child with selective mutism. The authors’ step-by-step program will help even the most silent child.”
—Louis A. Schmidt, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and director of the Child Emotion Laboratory at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON



“Finally! A well-informed perspective on an often undiagnosed, mismanaged, and misunderstood childhood anxiety disorder. The practical insights of Drs. McHolm and Cunningham and Ms. Vanier are necessary reading for parents and teachers alike. These are real strategies that can be easily incorporated into a classroom setting! Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism is a necessary addition to the bookshelves of parents and teachers everywhere!”
—Lin Gorenkoff, parent of a child formerly with selective mutism, and facilitator and founder of the Selectively Silent Child Support Group and Web site, www.designandcopy.ca/silentchild

From the Publisher

Three experts in treating selective mutism team up to provide parents with the first book to offer practical strategies for treating children with this potentially isolating anxiety disorder.

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I really like this book because is seroius, informative and provide good advice.
G. Caballero
As a psychologist, I am often looking for books to give to parents to help them to understand the nature of their child's difficulties and how to help at home.
Dr. Michelle Bell
I highly recommend this book for other parents who are dealing with this anxiety.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By P. S. Jones on March 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
We have a 4 year old who did not speak at all in preschool for the first several months. We were very worried about her. Her teacher initially misunderstood her behavior, thinking she was just being uncooperative. I initially consulted the website, [...], and shared the information from it with her teacher. Together we implemented several strategies recommended on the website, including a teacher home visit, and realized some positive, albeit limited, results. I then found this book, and again shared it with her teacher. We had a very clear understanding of SM as a result, and implemented some additional strategies suggested in the book (like another teacher home visit, building on the friendships she had outside of school, being cognizant of classroom seating, etc.). To all of our amazement she is a little chatterbox at school now (same school year)!!! I am incredulous that implementing the simple suggestions on the website and in the book had such dramatic results, and highly recommend the book for parents and teachers of children with this problem. THANK YOU to the authors!!!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amy Anderson-Powell on September 1, 2005
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I've bought nearly every publication about selective mutism available, and this is the best book yet, as it takes into account the most recent research and outlines clear steps for working to help selectively mute children find ways to cope at school and in public. As anyone who knows someone with selective mutism can tell you, there are no magical quick solutions, but this book has a pragmatic optimism that is encouraging to my family.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Edison, M.Sc. on October 17, 2005
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As a clinician that has worked extensively in the area of selective mutism, I have read most of the available resources on the topic, and Dr. McHolm's well written and comprehensive book is by far the most valuable. Based upon research findings and the author's years of experience, the book includes information about selective mutism and a detailed, practical description of strategies that can help children become more comfortable speaking. I would strongly recommend this resource to both parents and professionals that are supporting a child with selective mutism.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sharlene on August 23, 2005
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As an Educational Consultant, I am always looking for resources that will help parents support their children, as well as act as professional readings for our teachers. Dr. McHolm's book "Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism" is just such a resource!

Dr. McHolm's book is a practical, easy to understand guide that shows a true understanding of both the child's and the school's needs. It takes the parent through the steps that will lead a child with Selective Mutism to talk and interact with others.

The case studies and journal examples make it clear to the reader what the "next step" should look like and how to implement it. It also gives parents and teachers simple ways to support these children as they learn to successfully cope with their anxiety of speaking to/in front of others.

In the past, little has existed on the topic of Selective Mutism. Dr. McHolm et al have written a comprehensive tool that sheds much needed light onto this topic. It is thoughtful and thought-provoking.

A must have for anyone that has a child with Selective Mutism in their life!

Sharlene

Educational Consultant - Guidance K-12

Ontario, Canada
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By paola on July 11, 2006
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As a mother of a child with selective mutism, I can tell how helpful this book can be. Practical and comprehensive, it helps you rate your child's level of selective mutism and gives hints on how to work your way up the ladder of a child's social relationships. Feels good to see the progress. If your child is well described by the first chapter, then get a copy of this book for the teachers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jpaints on January 1, 2007
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This is the first book I would buy after receiving a Selective Mutism diagnosis. It's well written and organized in a logical step-by-step fashion. Well worth the money.

I also highly recommend Maggie Johnson's "The Selective Mutism Resource Manual". It's pricey by comparison, but worth the cost.
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In Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism: Steps to Overcome a Fear of Speaking, Dr. McHolm and colleagues provide a comprehensive, practical and insightful book that will be of tremendous assistance to parents and professionals alike.

Synthesizing the latest research findings with expert clinical experience, Dr. McHolm and colleagues provide clear, concise information and strategies by which parents and professionals can understand and assist children with selective mutism. The reader is provided with case examples throughout that clearly illustrate the application of tools, and tips by which parents can support their children through any difficulties that may arise.

Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism is written with sensitivity, and in an informative yet engaging manner.

This outstanding book will be a valuable reference for both parents and professionals.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Michelle Bell on October 9, 2005
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As a psychologist, I am often looking for books to give to parents to help them to understand the nature of their child's difficulties and how to help at home. This book is an excellent resource not only for parents, but also for any professional helping a child with selective mutism. Clear and concise, this book offers a step-by-step outline for treating the selectively mute child. Sensitive to the child's and families experiences, this book is written in such a way that everyone will find it helpful. Thank you to Dr. McHolm and colleagues for an outstanding contribution to the field.
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