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The Selective Mutism Treatment Guide: Manuals for Parents, Teachers, and Therapists: Still waters run deep [Paperback]

Ruth Perednik
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10 Jan 2012
The Selective Mutism Treatment Guide: Manuals for Parents, Teachers, and Therapists, is an innovative, effective 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. It includes separate manuals written for parents, school or kindergarten staff, and therapists, each with concrete, effective, tried and tested ways of helping the child with selective mutism. It is designed to be a positive and empowering experience for the child and his family.

This guide is aimed for professionals and lay people alike: For parents and relatives of children with SM it offers a valuable resource to understand the condition, with programs and tools to help the child at home and at school in order to improve his verbal and social communication. For mental health and school based professionals it provides a guide which enables the reader to understand and treat the disorder, working closely with the school and the parents.

The Parents' Manual includes sections about how SM can affect your child and family, how to speak to your child about SM, how to treat SM, how to lower your child's anxiety, and how to work together with the school or kindergarten to help your child. It outlines effective interventions that parents can carry out at home and in school to help their child overcome SM and attain improved social communication skills.

The Teacher's Manual includes: a description of SM and its possible causes, understanding the child with SM, how SM presents in school, an overview of how to treat SM, and a variety of interventions and programs for teachers to implement in school.

The Therapist's Manual includes sections on the definition and causes of SM, methods of assessment, levels of SM, planning therapy, cognitive-behavioral techniques for older children and teenagers, and detailed, step by step descriptions of the stages of therapy, including initial home-based therapy followed by school based sessions.

This behavioral therapy program 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 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 often at a level of verbal communication and social interaction that may be 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. An underlying principle of this approach is respect and belief in the child's nature and his home environment – the aim is to build on his and his family's strengths.

The treatment approach is designed to increase the speed and effectiveness of therapy; the initial home based sessions and the ongoing involvement of the parents and school staff aim to render redundant large sections of therapy that are called for when treatment takes place in a clinic or only in the school.

This book may be used by parents, teachers or therapists individually, or may be part of a comprehensive treatment plan in which the teacher-parent-therapist triumvirate works together, each with their own treatment plans, mutually fine tuning their interventions. When all work together with sensitivity and understanding, a powerful force for change can be set in motion.


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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Oaklands (10 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9659178301
  • ISBN-13: 978-9659178308
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Psychologist Ruth Perednik has specialized in the treatment of children with selective mutism and other anxiety disorders for over 20 years. During this time, she developed an effective and empowering treatment for Selective Mutism based on cognitive behavioral techniques, and has taught and written about the treatment widely. Head of both a municipal and a private clinic, she conducts workshops and classes for psychologists, mental health professionals, and for families of children with selective mutism.

"Perednik's insight into the unique type of support which can be provided by family, teachers, and mental health professionals, allows for the infusion of hope in a situation which is often clouded by frustration. This clearly presented guide will surely provide renewed optimism".
Dr. Jennie Goldstein, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

"Ruth Perednik has the best qualifications as a therapist, trainer of therapists, and researcher in the field of selective mutism. She has a complex understanding of how to help children change and the ability to make this knowledge accessible and applicable by parents, teachers, and therapists to help children make the transition from impasse to growth. A practical and comprehensive set of guides."
Prof. Yoel Elizur, PhD
Chairperson, Israeli Council of Psychologists
Clinical Child & Educational Psychology Program
School of Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written Clearly with great advice 24 Jun 2012
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This useful book for anyone involved with a young child with Selective Mutism (up to age 8 but there is advice for an older child in the book too). The 3 manuals support each other, are written in clear English, and have made me feel empowered that I can help my child overcome is SM. The book is based along behavioural therapy/ cognitive behavioural therapy lines. If you believe your child has SM get this book, and go to either a speech therapist/ local Child & Mental Health team and make sure their therapists do treatment along these lines, and involve the parents and the school/ nursery as appropriate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gem of a book 30 April 2012
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This treatment guide is concise, easy to read, clear and an absolute gem of a book. Each word is carefully chosen and the style flows with warmth, sensitivity and intelligence. I loved the respect with which the author and Psychologist Ruth Perednik treats the reader; I was afraid of complicated mystifying terms but found none. What I did find, was a simple, but not simplistic, manual which is no less than brilliant in its' ease of explanation and significant in its power as a catalyst for change; Belief and optimism, based on the author's vast clinical experience pervaded throughout. I came to the manual with ignorance and fear about selected mutism. I learned effortlessly all about what it is and why selected mutism may have come about,its effects, why it may be maintained and how to plan and put into immediate action a comprehensive intervention strategy with high chance of success. Perednik's clearly detailed program is aimed at parents, teachers and therapists.

In the ideal situation, the parent, teacher and therapist will each read the section in the manual written especially for them and then work together in a climate of mutual cooperation and trust to help the child. Mrs. Perednik has done a wonderful job of increasing the likelihood of successful treatment even in the absence of such ideal conditions. The writer Ruth Perednik's apparent wholehearted belief in her approach,tools and program to unravel the knot of selective mutism, leads her to spell out the rationale and implementation of an entire program, thus enabling her readers to carry out a successful treatment without making them dependent on further training or support. Optimistic, Practical, Extremely user friendly. Engaging and inspiring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful guide 24 Feb 2013
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Bought this book because my granddaughter has selective mutism, the book is very helpful, her nursery teachers have also read it and are trying some of the techniques and she has improved so much in just a few weeks. We finally feel hopeful again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent handbook, very clearly written 31 Jan 2012
By tanya - Published on Amazon.com
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This book sets out a three-pronged strategy for treating selective mutism, utilizing parent, teacher and therapist. It gives clear step-by-step exercises to be followed at home and in school. While selective mutism is often baffling, this book takes away some of the mystery with its encouraging, positive approach. Highly recommended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I strongly recommend it 16 Jan 2012
By Lisa Seeman - Published on Amazon.com
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This book actually seems to understands children with selective mutism. It is clear and concise whilst being positive and caring. It can make you feel supported and in safe hands.
I strongly recommend it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Selective Mutism Treatment Guide:Manuals for Parents, Teachers, and Therapists:Still waters run deep 8 May 2012
By Andrea - Published on Amazon.com
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This book emphasizes the team approach of school staff and the family and focuses on the exposure based treatment for selective mutism. I am the parent of a child with selective mutism and also a behavioral health clinician. I like the home-based and school-based interventions. Talk and play therapy in a provider's office will not be effective. The provider will need to communicate effectively and work with the child and his or her teachers in the community.The author also provides hope for the child and the family and emphasizes that most of children with selective mutism eventually overcome it. The author also gives a positive description of a child with selective mutism. A child with selective mutism is not controling and manipulative. They are outgoing, talkative, and funny at home but outside of their home they are inhibited, shy, and scared. Teachers play important roles in a child's treatment. I did not give the author 5 stars because the author could give more specific interventions or give some examples of a successful case. I shared this book with my child's school. They seem to like it because they feel that they can help my child in school and they feel empowered as well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is a gem 9 May 2012
By B. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This treatment guide is concise, easy to read, clear and an absolute gem of a book. Each word is carefully chosen and the style flows with warmth, sensitivity and intelligence. I loved the respect with which the author and Psychologist Ruth Perednik treats the reader; I was afraid of complicated mystifying terms but found none. What I did find, was a simple, but not simplistic, manual which is no less than brilliant in its' ease of explanation and significant in its power as a catalyst for change; Belief and optimism, based on the author's vast clinical experience pervaded throughout. I came to the manual with ignorance and fear about selected mutism. I learned effortlessly all about what it is and why selected mutism may have come about,its effects, why it may be maintained and how to plan and put into immediate action a comprehensive intervention strategy with high chance of success. Perednik's clearly detailed program is aimed at parents, teachers and therapists.

In the ideal situation, the parent, teacher and therapist will each read the section in the manual written especially for them and then work together in a climate of mutual cooperation and trust to help the child. Mrs. Perednik has done a wonderful job of increasing the likelihood of successful treatment even in the absence of such ideal conditions. The writer Ruth Perednik's apparent wholehearted belief in her approach,tools and program to unravel the knot of selective mutism, leads her to spell out the rationale and implementation of an entire program, thus enabling her readers to carry out a successful treatment without making them dependent on further training or support. Optimistic, Practical, Extremely user friendly. Engaging and inspiring.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for young children 29 Mar 2013
By Julie A. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a specific treatment protocol geared towards younger children. What I like about it is it has a separate part for parents, teachers and therapists. What isn't helpful for me, a therapist, is that the treatment protocol is based upon the therapist being in the school with the child. This combined with other resources was helpful in treating children with SM.
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