My name is Ben and I don't talk sometimes is a story about a child's experience of selective mutism, in his words. Ben takes us on a journey of how he feels across situations - at his birthday party, with people he's unable to talk to, on playdates and at school. Through the story, we also learn that Ben's best friend has a fear of swimming and by taking small steps he works to overcome this. Ben shares, in a child-friendly way, his feelings around talking and interwoven into the story is the intervention of how he begins to make steps forward. Parents and professionals can use this book as a therapeutic tool to begin a dialogue with children about selective mutism. The story is suitable for children aged 6 years and over. Through beautiful illustrations, children will identify with Ben, realising that they are not alone; thus allowing for a conversation to begin about their difficulty with talking, as well as the steps to help them. About the Author Lucy Nathanson is a child therapist and founder of Confident Children. Lucy is passionate about helping children with selective mutism. She works directly with children and makes videos with the aim of spreading awareness of selective mutism. On an international level, Lucy speaks at conferences and provides support and guidance to parents and professionals. She is the author of Understanding Selective Mutism: A Beginner's Guide, My Name is Eliza and I don't talk at school and Why doesn't Alice talk at school? Find out more at www.confidentchildren.co.uk
Why doesn't Alice talk at school?" is a beautifully illustrated book that can be read to peers to help them to understand selective mutism. The book starts with a section for adults, and the story for children follows. Reading this book creates a space for adults to have a conversation with peers about selective mutism, to answer their questions, and to explain in a child-friendly way how they can support their friend. Children with selective mutism are often fearful of how peers would respond if they were to talk. Naturally, it is a very exciting moment when a child speaks for the first time; however, making a fuss may halt the child's ability to continue to use their voice. This book can be used as a tool to help peers to understand selective mutism, and to explain important messages which will help to create a supportive class environment for the child with selective mutism.About the AuthorLucy Nathanson is a child therapist and founder of Confident Children. Lucy is passionate about helping children with selective mutism. She works directly with children and makes videos with the aim of spreading awareness about selective mutism. On an international level, Lucy speaks at conferences and provides support and guidance to parents and professionals. She is the author of Understanding Selective Mutism: A Beginner's Guide and My Name is Eliza and I don't talk at school. Find out more at www.confidentchildren.co.uk
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