Challenges in Raising a Child with SM: “The Quad”
Full Title: Challenges in Raising a Child with Selective Mutism “The Quad” Eating, Sleeping, Toileting, & Difficult Behaviors
Presenter: Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum
Previously Recorded: Yes Length: 30 minutes
Children with Selective Mutism (SM) do not just have difficulty with speaking and communicating, but they often have other challenges that are a result of a combination of factors, such as coexisting conditions and SM (i.e. reasons why a child may have developed SM and what may be maintaining their SM). This webinar will focus on a variety of challenges that children/teens often have that contribute to their struggles. These challenges need to be determined and addressed and hence incorporated into a comprehensive treatment plan. This webinar will discuss the ‘The Quad’ of challenges that often exist: Eating, Sleeping, Toileting, and Difficult Behaviors, the reasons for such challenges, and ways to help/support the child with SM. Additional “common” challenges will also be shared and explained to help the child with SM feel more comfortable, confident and communicative.
1. To identify the “Quad” of challenges that are often seen among children suffering with SM and to provide recommendations for children with these challenges.
2. To identify the reasons why children with SM may have eating issues.
3. To learn about the common sleeping and toileting issues of children with SM
4. To identify the reasons for difficult behaviors and to introduce the concept of visually-based behavioral charts.