Monday, November 2, 2015

5 Ways To Raise SM Awareness All Year Long

This October, the worldwide mental health community brought awareness to Selective Mutism. While the official awareness month has come to a close, we hope to keep the conversation going. Here are some ideas:

1) Embrace the snow ball effect. You, as one person talking about her family's journey with SM, have the power to touch strangers' lives. The friend you tell about SM could suggest that her friend get her child assessed. Or mentioning Selective Mutism at a school council meeting could lead teachers to research the illness on their own and be more aware of how to help children with anxiety disorders.

2) Bring awareness to the classroom. Print out articles about SM, or bring a copy of a book such as Helping Your Child With Selective Mutism to your child's teacher. If your child feels comfortable, she can bring a picture book like Charli's Choices for show and tell, or ask her teacher to read it to the class during story time.

3) Bring a list of books about Selective Mutism to your pediatrician, teacher or local librarian and ask them to make them available to the community.

4) Be a social media superstar. Share articles about childhood anxiety and related topics on your social media profiles. Also check out online support groups and get involved. Facebook is a great resource.

5) Lastly, sign up for the free Selectively Silent Child newsletter to keep up to date on all things Selective Mutism:

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