Communication isn’t only about words

Throughout February I have been writing about my experiences with selective mutism on my blog. My last post was about emotions and the way they flow. Today I will write from my perspective about communication. Much of our communication remains unspoken It has taken me a long time to begin to reconnect with the way that I see the world, and also to acknowledge its validity. At a time in my life … [Read more...]

The river of emotions

Throughout February I have been sharing my experiences of selective mutism. Yesterday I wrote about 'putting anxiety in its place' and created some new rules for my anxiety. Today I am feeling the effects of having put these new rules in place - and so I will talk about the importance of being gentle with yourself. We all have bad days Today I have been feeling particularly messy. I barely … [Read more...]

Let’s put anxiety in its place

For the month of February I am exploring my experiences with selective mutism. In my last post I wrote about acceptance versus understanding. Today I will look at the subject of anxiety - and through this post I will attempt to put my anxiety in its place. The important role of anxiety If anxiety was a person with a role to play in my life, it would consider itself to be my body-guard or … [Read more...]

How I’m learning to be who I am supposed to be

For the month of February I am exploring my experiences with selective mutism. Yesterday I wrote about limitations - and what we might do if we didn't have them standing in our way. Today I have been inspired by this post in The Huffington Post by Carrie Cariello, and I'll be discussing the importance of acceptance. The opposite of acceptance About two weeks ago, I wrote an article called 'What … [Read more...]

What could you do if you had no limitations?

For the month of February I am exploring my experiences with selective mutism. Yesterday I shared an info graphic I created to help raise awareness of sm. Today, I have been inspired by my partner, Simon, to talk about the limitations that we place on ourselves as people because of what we think we can and can't do. I would if I could ... For about eight years (maybe more) Simon has been wanting … [Read more...]

Help spread awareness of Selective Mutism with this infographic

For the month of February I am exploring selective mutism on my blog. Yesterday I created the SM gallery - my intention is to celebrate the talents and creativity of people (of any age) with selective mutism. Today, I'm going back to basics - and providing something for the visual people out there ... Have you heard of Selective Mutism? If you're reading my blog, chances are you probably have … [Read more...]

Creative expression – sm people, share your latest artwork!

For the month of February I am exploring my experiences with selective mutism. Yesterday I delved quite deeply into the subject of labels - and discovering who you are. Today, I've a new, fresh and exciting feature; one that I can't wait to get started with! The SM gallery This post is a celebration of the creative expression of selective mute children, teens and adults ... If you are … [Read more...]

Discovering who you are – despite your labels

For the month of February I am exploring selective mutism. On Friday I wrote about suppressing emotions, and the importance (in my opinion) of temper tantrums. Today I will look more deeply into suppressed emotions - and also the idea of suppressing self, because of a misunderstood quality, description or label. We understand our world through words and descriptions Every child, ever, has been … [Read more...]

The importance of tantrums – at any age

For the month of February I am exploring my experiences with selective mutism. Yesterday I discovered something new to me - and wrote about the added element of speaking to people for the first time - and the anxiety that renews with each new person we meet. Today I am exploring the importance of temper tantrums - and its relevance to me and my selective mutism. A fresh perspective When I became … [Read more...]

Speaking for the first time – understanding selective mutism

For the month of February I am exploring my experiences with selective mutism. Yesterday I wrote about doing too much too fast - and what happens when you try to run up the stairs in two's. Today I am going to share a brand new realisation with you - this is something that I have only just understood about selective mutism (and myself). A fear of introduction I love it when I read or hear … [Read more...]