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Slipping in and out of my Two Worlds Paperback – March 26, 2012


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (March 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447710908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447710905
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,315,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mercy Grace Owen on December 10, 2013
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I had selective mutism as a child and was shocked to find how familiar Jessica's first-hand account was. I didn't realize how specific the symptoms could be down to having trouble saying particular words like "please" and "thank you", and I didn't realize how most children seem to be born with this disorder exhibiting signs from an early age, or that it tends to run in families.

I differed from Jessica who was mad that no one diagnosed and treated her, because I did not want help, or attention, and hated counseling and doctors. I just wanted to be left alone. I do not think those things did or would have ever helped me. However, I was born in the 80's. There are many more psychiatric drugs that might help with this disorder nowadays, which to me clearly seems to be some kind of heriditary neurochemical imbalance like Autism, and doesn't seem to be trauma related.

This is a valuable illness biography and will probably make anyone with selective mutism feel less alone in their "weirdness". If you have a selectively mute child I recommend not pressuring them to speak but enrolling them in activities, and different settings after or away from school which they enjoy, excel and feel confident in, with a teacher/leader who can build self-esteem, such as sports or art. It is important that the teacher knows about their condition and doesn't force them, or that they aren't enrolled in a competitive activity that they feel bad at. (For example YMCA tests and sorts kids into levels with swimming and gymnastics classes, this is not so good for mental health unless you keep progressing or are in the top level).

You'll notice in the book that Jessica is outgoing on the soccer field but doesn't speak in school.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BrenDor on June 29, 2013
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I purchased this book because I know someone with selective mutism, but I didn't find it to be at all helpful in understanding the problem. The author's inability to speak only occurred at school, and she was able to maintain friendships. That is not the experience I see in the two cases of selective mutism that I am familiar with. It was interesting reading, but I'm not sure I would recommend it to anyone.
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