Selectively mute children are at a significant disadvantage personally, socially and educationally. This unique manual emphasises practical assessment and treatment and provides advice and information, filling a significant gap in the availability of suitable resources in this field. It uses an approach based on behavioural principles and a hierarchy of stages of confident speaking originally conceived by Anthony Glassberg. It summarizes relevant literature and theory and provides detailed ideas on assessment and management. It includes case examples, photocopiable material, and a discussion about progress, transfer and discharge. It is written for teachers, clinical and educational psychologists, speech language therapists, child psychiatrists and parents.
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Maggie Johnson is a speech and language therapist specialising in childhood communication disorders. Her experience in education and community settings spans over twenty years in special schools, language units, mainstream schools, clinics and multi-agency centres. Maggie works for East Kent Coastal Teaching Primary Care Trust. Alison Wintgens is a speech language therapist at St. George's hospital, London, in the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She has extensive experience of working with children and adolescents with a range of communication disorders and additional behavioural or psychiatric problems.Review:
"This excellent book provides a much needed practical manual the authors' extensive clinical experience and their warm enthusiasm with this group of children are reflected throughout the entire text, making the book a great pleasure to read. I fully recommend this resource manual. This book should be a must in every agency that happens to meet children with SM and their families." European Child Adolescent Psychiatry "The incidence of selective mutism is such that therapists need to know how to provide intervention, yet may not encounter it frequently within their caseload. For this reason it is essential that they have access to a manual sa comprehensive, accurate, reliable and up-to-date as this one (along with appropriate supervision). I would recommend this book as an essential resource for any speech and language service to children and young people." Catherine de la Bedoyere, Speech and Language Therapist, NAPLIC Newsletter 'This is an excellent and comprehensive resource which is clearly laid out and easy to follow. I recommend it unreservedly to any speech and language therapist.' - Update (I.A.S.L.T) 'Dear Maggie] ...your manual is the most comprehensive and useful book I have ever seen about selective mutism. Your recommended strategies are so appropriate showing that you have much experience with selectively mute children. I highly recommended your book to all parents and school faculties with whom I consult. Thank you for the wealth of information and obvious experience and intuition that you have put into this masterpiece!...Thank you again for your most complete guide to helping not only desperate parents and children, but teachers as well.' - Gail Kervatt, Teacher and reading specialist, www.selective-mutism.com 'The appearance of the Selective Mutism Manual...has done much to improve understanding...' - Rea Smith, RCSLT Bulletin 'Very well written...packed with information...particularly well designed...overall, I found this book very helpful it is an excellent resource manual and should be most valuable to professionals working in health/child mental health settings...I will definitely recommend this manual.' - Cognitive Neuropsychiatry 'It is clearly presented and easy to read...the text is well supported with tables and figures which clearly summarise the content...will be a valuable resource for a wide audience and is highly recommended to anyone who wishes to know more about intervention for this unusual, often perplexing, psychiatric disorder.' - ACQ 'Not only does it contain a vast amount of relevant information on all aspects of selective mutism, but it also points to any problems which may be encountered during and after treatment. Particularly useful are the well-constructed questionnaires...I have no doubt that the manual will become an invaluable standby for those unexpectedly confronted by an SM child, be they parents, teachers or any other professional.' - Selective Mutism Information and Research Association 'This 300-page manual lives up to the preface and introduction as a resource manual for a wide range of people...it is a practical manual, with clearly stated aims and objectives and carefully detailed accounts od each part of the programme...For the practioner working with a selectively-mute individual this would be an excellent text to have available for reference and resources...we believe this book will be welcomed by professionals.' - Heather Anderson, SLT, Child Language Teaching and Therapy 'By sharing with us their vast knowledge and expertise the authors have made a valuable contribution to the treatment of a condition that causes distress to parents, teachers and, last but not least, the afflicted child.' - Alice Sluckin, Afasic News 'Some practical advice on the management of children with selective mutism is essential and this manual fulfils that need while being excellent value for money. The assessment is thorough...the selection on reaching a diagnosis, which includes contra-indications, is particularly useful...an excellent resource.' - Carole Davies, Clinical Leader for SLT, Speech & Language Therapy in Practice 'This manual effectively tackles a subject for which there are few practical guidelines and will enable professionals to feel more confident about their involvement in assessment and intervention plans. I warmly recommend this manual to health and education colleagues.' - Andrew Burnett, TES No. 4452, Special Needs Supplement 'This manual provides a well-structured guide from underlying theory and assessment to remediation...The strength of the manual is in the sections on assessment and intervention, which provide a step-by-step guide that should enable team workers to confidently conduct parent and child interviews. This manual is recommended not only as a SM resource, but also a model of good practice in teamwork and child-centred therapy.' - Bulletin
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