Selective Mutism Overview

Selective Mutism Overview

Course Overview

Our Selective Mutism Training Course is effective in supporting the child and their family through Selective Mutism friendly practice. In this course we provide an overview of Selective Mutism and explore the SLT’s remit in the management of Selective Mutism. The course is also effective in supporting the child and their family through Selective Mutism friendly practice i.e. strategies to reduce anxiety and facilitate talking.

Why is it important to take this course?

Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder, which means that a child essentially has a fear of talking in certain situations and with certain people. The nature of the condition means that if it is not appropriately understood and managed by others, the child or young person’s situational talking profile may extend to further situations and people, or even extend to other forms of communication.

If a child or young person’s SM becomes ‘entrenched’ in this way, it may be more challenging to overcome. Therefore it is essential for all people in the child or young person’s environment to have an appropriate understanding of what SM is and how to support a child and young person with SM, by decreasing anxiety-provoking situations and supporting them to feel included and comfortable. This training may be beneficial to anyone who knows, works with or supports a child or young person with SM.


What will you learn on the course?
  • An overview of SM and what it is (definitions and information, high vs. low profile SM, common comorbidities, diagnostic procedure)
  • What might SM look like in a child or young person (signs and symptoms, what to look out for, differential diagnosis)
  • Understanding anxiety and SM
  • Communication and SM
  • Universal (environmental support) at school and at home
  • Managing other people’s view
  • SM in the older child, teenager or young person (‘entrenched’ SM)
  • Where to access further support (websites, online resources, professionals)
What are the benefits of attending this course?
  • To develop your understanding of what SM is, what it looks like and how to support a child or young person with SM who you work with or know
  • To understand SM as an anxiety and communication disorder and what that means for the child and young person
  • To develop your skills and strategies for supporting a child or young person with SM by adapting your communication to minimise anxiety-provoking situations and allowing the an inclusive and comfortable environment
  • To develop your understanding of negative and positive reinforcements in SM
  • To develop your understanding of SM in an older child or young person
  • To know where to seek further support and advice
  • To have an opportunity to talk to a Speech and Language Therapist who has experience working with children and young people with SM
  • Ensure all children have an equal opportunity to thrive and reach personal milestones
  • Learn how to implement universal strategies that can support all children and develop their language and communication skills
  • ChatterBug Certificate of Achievement (Used as CPD Training)
  • This course allows you to upskill colleagues in your setting
  • Opportunities for further questions and access to further support


Our Selective Mutism training course, is perfect for education and childcare professionals, such as teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO’s working with children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). The course is also suitable for speech and language therapists, undergraduate and postgraduate students who are undertaking a degree in the field and looking for support and more information.


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  • Selective Mutism (SM) is more prevalent in girls than in boys (SMiRA, 2021)
  • Selective Mutism is sometimes referred to as ‘situational mutism’
  • Selective Mutism is a phobia of talking in certain situations
  • SM affects approximately 1 in 140 children (NHS)
  • SM is more common in children and young people who are learning a new language, for example those who are new to the country (NHS)

Our training courses are perfect for education and childcare professionals, such as teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO’s. The course is also suitable for speech and language therapists, undergraduate and postgraduate students who are undertaking a degree in the field wanting to learn about how they can support pupils in the classroom or their setting. 

At Chatterbug, we are always seeking new and effective ways to support professionals education and child care professionals who work within schools and with children with speech and language communication needs. All of our training courses are written and delivered by our expert Speech and Language Therapists and quality and evidence based intervention strategies are guaranteed. 

These programmes are designed to help raise awareness, teach valuable skills and share knowledge, and ultimately provide your staff with the confidence to support individuals with speech and language communication in your setting. The aims of these courses are also to spark your creativity when planning your lessons, in order to create an inclusive environment allowing pupils to reach their full learning potential as well as making the classroom and learning environment more inclusive for pupils with SLCN.

Our training and therapy programmes are designed to effectively target the following areas:


Focus on establishing supportive communication environments at home and in school, thus providing consistency. 


Create bespoke therapy sessions for individuals or groups, either as a single occurrence or ongoing input. We can also train parents and staff to deliver these programmes. 


We actively promote quality-first teaching, and can conduct a full or part audit of your staff and school environment to help tailor our programmes to your needs. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our training courses will be taking place online via Google Meet. All relevant support information for accessing the course will be sent out to attendees prior to the course.

We accept all major debit/credit cards via Stripe and Paypal. We have an invoice option for education-based settings, schools and organisations.  Please select the Pay by Invoice option via checkout and a member of staff will contact you and send the appropriate department the invoice to pay.

Once completed, and we receive your order we will process the payment and send you an invoice request, once the payment has been paid we will send you confirmation and details to access the course directly. Please note if you are booking on behalf of someone else or a colleague please ensure you include their email address and contact .

Yes of course, please add all the course attendee(s) full name and email address at the time of booking.

We will be in touch with a booking confirmation as soon as we process your email.

This will include full of your course booking and also a full invoice.

It should hopefully give you all the information that you need but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we’re here to help.

Yes, we provide a certified ChatterBug Certificate once you have completed the course and provided feedback. 

If you have any special needs or requirements please let us know when you book your course so that we can confirm that we’ll be able to accommodate your needs before you book the course. Please also let the trainer know at the start of your training day.

Once you have completed the training survey, and the training course we will provide you access to the training recording, as well as any resources (if applicable). The recording will only be available for 2 weeks from the date this is sent. 

Yes, we offer post training support for our in-house training sessions. Please contact with any questions you have.

We can deliver a bespoke training programme to your staff. We deliver our training courses face to face in your setting and are commissioned directly by schools, nurseries, and academies. We work alongside trusts and clusters of schools to deliver the training programmes that you require. If our scheduled courses do not fully meet your requirements, we are happy to develop bespoke courses to meet the needs of your workforce and setting of a time and date that work for you.

What are the next steps?

If you would like a bespoke training programme or would like to to discuss how bespoke training could work for your setting please contact our office on 0113 240 8510 or email us at

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Dates & Prices

07/03/2022 3:30 pm

Virtual Workshop via Google Meet

1.5 hrs


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