Marian Moldan was asked to contribute two portions to the book, “Selective Mutism: In Our Words” by Dr. Carl Sutton and Cheryl Forrester. One piece describes her being a child with selective mutism and how it was experienced in elementary school. The second piece describes how overcoming her own history of selective mutism has influenced her treatment of selectively mute children, adolescents, and adults.
Read more about it here: A 3-year-old suddenly stopped talking. How mom helped him find his voice.
In recent months, more than five high school students, diagnosed with selective mutism have crossed the doorstep into our mental health agency. These adolescents were, for the most part, very bright and interested in the sciences. Others were interested in mathematics and indicated a desire to obtain a college degree in this field. All of them had wonderful grades in the above average percentile. All of them had the knowledge to make a difference in these academic areas and to assist the community as a whole. Yet they are potentially at risk for being penalized under current Common Core Standards for language, simply because they can’t talk.
Marian Moldan, LCSW-R will be speaking at Wood Park Elementary School on March 10, 2015 at 7:30. The topic is: Managing Social Anxiety: Practical Tips // Posted on 12th February 2015