Internet Explorer 7 and below are not supported. Please consider upgrading your browser for a better experience.

View the site in a different language

Preschoolers with Selective Mutism: Transitioning to School

The starting date for this event has passed. Some events are ongoing, check the dates and information below to see if you can still attend.
This evening seminar about treatment for selective mutism is targeted for parents and educators as well as support staff who have a child with selective mutism transitioning from preschool to school in 2018.

Selective Mutism is a condition that severely restricts a child’s capacity for communicating verbally outside the home and typically occurs at the rate of 1 in every 200 children in primary school and much more frequently in preschool-aged children. It is a treatable anxiety disorder, but generally requires 1 to 2 years of treatment in order to resolve. The transition to school for preschoolers with Selective Mutism is often a stressful and difficult process and raises many questions for caregivers and parents. There are many factors to consider around such a transition such as educating the primary school and teachers about selective mutism, and preparing the child for the transition.

Topics that will be covered in the evening seminar:
Strategies for the last term of preschool that will prepare a child for school
What information to give to the primary school
Selecting an appropriate classroom teacher
The importance of peer relationships
Strategies to build the child’s readiness for the transition
Strategies for the teacher and school about selective mutism
Common issues and questions

The seminar is recommended for:
Preschool teachers or caregivers who are currently caring for a child with selective mutism or an extremely reluctant talker who is starting primary school in 2019
Primary school kindergarten teachers who will have a child with selective mutism entering their class in 2019
School psychologists or Learning Support staff who provide support to children with Selective Mutism
Family members of a child who has Selective Mutism who will be starting school next year
Cost: $80 (Earlybird Price $60), $50 extra participants

Selective Mutism Clinic - transitioning to school flyer - 2018.pdf

Location: Crows Nest Centre, Level 2, 2 Ernest Place
Postcode: 2065
District: Northern Sydney

Map / Location

Event Leader/Facilitator
Elizabeth Woodcock
Practitioner in
Clinical Psychologist, PhD, M.Psychol.(Clinical), B.Sc.(Psychol.)
0405 430 530
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Selective Mutism
Social Phobia
Extreme Shyness
School treatment