Selective Mutism & Reluctant Speakers: Practical Strategies for Parents and Caregivers
12:00pm – 1:00pm
BC Children's Hospital, Online Webinar
Some children and youth seem extremely ‘shy’ and really struggle to ‘find their voice’ in some settings, and you may feel like your child is almost like a different person outside of the house than they are with you at home. This webinar is for parents or caregivers of children and youth who struggle to speak in different settings like at school, with friends, or in the community. Some children may have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder called selective mutism.
In this webinar you will learn how to develop a roadmap for supporting your child to speak more comfortably in all settings.
Specifically, we will discuss
- what selective mutism is;
- how to set your child up for speaking success;
- how to reach out to your child’s school to work together;
- how to create a plan for building momentum and supporting your child to speak with more people and in different situations;
- when to reach out for extra help, and what types of interventions are helpful (including both therapy and medication options).
The webinar will end with time for Q&A.
*All recordings, slides, and resources will be available and posted on our website shortly after the webinar.
About the speakers:
Dr. Rosalind Catchpole is a registered psychologist and head of the mood and anxiety disorders clinic at BC Children’s Hospital. She is actively involved in treatment, teaching, and research on anxiety disorders, and has a particular interest in parent-led treatment approaches including those for school refusal. She recently worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association and colleagues to develop the Confident Parents, Thriving Kids Anxiety Program. She has also worked with Anxiety Canada to develop educational materials. She is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC and a director of Cornerstone Child and Family Psychology Clinic.
Dr. Alex DiGiacomo is a post-doctoral fellow in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, as well as a psychology associate at Cornerstone Child & Family Psychology Clinic. She provides clinical services to children, youth, and families and conducts research to better understand anxiety disorders. Dr. Alex has a particular interest in supporting skillful and confident parenting and in equipping children to conquer fears and challenges.
Dr. Tamara Salih is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist working in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at BC Children's Hospital as well as the physician lead for child and youth psychiatry in Richmond. She also works in the Early Childhood Mental Health Program in Richmond, the Richmond School Program and the Child and Adolescent Program in Richmond. She is a clinical instructor in the department of Psychiatry in UBC. She has a strong interest in anxiety disorders in children and youth as well as in infant psychiatry.