presented by Gail J. Richard
Financial: Gail J. Richard receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives royalties from published materials with PRO ED (LinguiSystems) and is the author of The Source for Selective Mutism.
Non-Financial: Gail J. Richard serves on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors as President (2017) and Past President (2018).
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Gail J. Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP
Gail J Richard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, worked in the public schools in Iowa for four years before joining the faculty at Eastern Illinois University, where she has been for 35 years. She was Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences for 14 of those years, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervising in the…Read full bio
1. Background Information
An early form of selective mutism was identified in 1877, but it wasn’t included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders until the fourth edition, published in 1994. This chapter will discuss the evolving definition of selective mutism, presumed causes of the disorder supported in the research, and major characteristics in the disorder profile.
2. Assessment Procedures
Evaluating a child who is refusing to talk can be a bit intimidating and challenging, but can be managed in a professional manner that results in qualifying a child for services. This chapter will present informal and formal procedures that can be conducted in a variety of settings. The child’s level of engagement (verbal and/or nonverbal) will influence the extent of assessment procedures that will be possible.
3. Overview of Treatment Options
Treatment strategies are varied, based on the professional discipline involved in coordinating the therapy and presumed etiology. This chapter will provide an overview of the major treatment approaches and then focus on the common component in almost all of them: decreasing the individual’s anxiety through gradual and controlled exposure to speaking situations.
4. Communication Desensitization Treatment Program
This chapter covers a communication desensitization treatment program that has four phases: nonverbal, ghost/whisper, motor/voice, and generalization.