“Mom”

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My youngest son has selective mutism. Without going into too much detail, he stopped talking two years ago, and he stopped using people’s names (including calling me mom). At first he would only talk to the twins and no one else. After some therapy he began talking to the rest of the family and a few close friends. Today he talks more and more, although there are still some people he can’t talk to and some situations he can’t talk in.

The hardest part for me in all this, besides the initial period of him not talking, is not hearing my son call me mom. It has been so heartbreaking for me. I just longed to hear him say it, but he has not been able to. Over the last few months I have been working with him everyday trying to help him get over this. Through play therapy he is slowly making progress and last week he finally started saying “mom”. He has to hold his tongue when he says it (a safety crutch for him), which makes it sound a little different, but I can definitely hear him say it, and it is the most beautiful sound I have ever heard. I couldn’t be happier, and I know he is happy too!

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~ by Jill Harper on September 5, 2009.

One Response to ““Mom””

  1. I am the author of “Why Dylan Doesn’t Talk” a new children’s book about Selective Mutism. I would love if you could share this book with others who may find it helpful for their child. Thank you!

    http://www.selectivemutismbook.com

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