My name is Rebecca. I used to be Selectively Mute. I used to be terrified to speak in public places, especially at school. That feeling of panic and dread mixed with massive desire to talk and make friends and be “normal”…I’m no stranger to that at all. So, parents, teachers, caregivers of children with SM: you may feel you’re alone in helping your child cope, but you’re not. Truly. And sufferers of SM…there are people who know how it feels, and we want to help you.

Check back often, please: there are many more posts to come! In the meantime, feel free to check out The Selectively Silent Child website [www.designandcopy.ca/silentchild] which is run by Lin Gorenkoff, Sherri Fiorino & I.

Much love and support,


About etchedintin

| Rebecca | I love sparkles, books and making people feel good about themselves. | Writer @ etched in tin | Media Consultant and Co-facilitator for The Selectively Silent Child |
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4 Responses to Welcome!

  1. Hilary says:

    Thanks so much for being willing to share your experiences with others. You’re right, it always feels better to know that others are going through the same thing. I’m sure we can all learn alot from our collective successes!

  2. Diana says:

    Hi Rebecca, can I ask how old you are? I have a 5 yr old that we’ve always said was shy, but as she was getting older, I saw more there. I started seeing the anxiety. I figured the tummy aches weren’t from food and that she wasn’t trying to get attention by not speaking to people (like others thought). While her teachers didn’t think there was a problem, I spoke to our family doctor and he referred us to a psychologist to help with select mutism. Now that I’m researching it, I can see how it explains everything she’s gone through! As a mom I want to understand and help her without pushing, so thank you for all the information that you provide, it helps!

    • etchedintin says:

      Hi Diana,

      I am 19, just shy of 20. I was diagnosed with SM when I was about 3 and started talking out loud, at school, in the third grade. I still suffer from an anxiety disorder, but I speak in public now and am equipped with the tools I need to cope with my anxiety.

      The fact that you’re aware of your daughter’s anxiety and are so proactive when it comes to researching SM is incredible. I’ve noticed that a lot of parents involved in The Selectively Silent Child are, and that really inspires me. We are lucky to have such amazing advocates.

      Thank you so much for your feedback. Happy to have you here! 🙂

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