Still Waters Run Deep: A Complete Selective Mutism Treatment Manual.

Including manuals for parents, teachers and therapists.
Ruth Perednik

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Still Waters Run Deep: A Complete Selective Mutism Treatment Manual is an innovative approach to the treatment of selective mutism, which is based both on rich clinical experience spanning two decades, and on theoretical knowledge of how selective mutism is generally viewed and treated today.

This manual is aimed for professionals and lay people alike: For mental health and school based professionals it will give a complete guide enabling the reader to understand and treat the disorder, working closely with the school and the parents. For parents and relatives of children with SM it will offer a valuable resource to assist understanding the condition, and to help the child at home and at school, in order to alleviate the child's difficulties.

The inclusion of the child's parents and teachers is a basic tenet of this program; sections of the manual are addressed to them and explicate how they should be involved in implementing change in the home and school or kindergarten.

The two main underlying innovative components of this behavioral therapy are as follows: the ecosystems approach, which aims to enable the child to move as seamlessly as possible between the various frameworks in which he lives – home, school and the outside world, in a harmonious way. The treatment is built upon the SM child's optimum functioning –which usually occurs at home. Here he is not hampered by his anxiety and he can express who he really is –which is at a level of verbal communication and social interaction that is often literally unbelievable to those who see him only in school. The therapy acts as a bridge enabling the child to transfer and generalize his selectively optimum level of functioning to all his daily environments.

The second underlying principle is respect and belief in the child's nature, and his home environment – the aim is not to change him, rather to build on his and his family's strengths. This treatment outline is designed to greatly increase the speed and effectiveness of the therapy; initial home based therapy and ongoing involvement of the parents aims to render redundant large sections of therapy that are called for when treatment takes place in a clinic or only in the school. It is designed to be a satisfying and empowering experience for the child and his family.