SMIRA is very pleased to announce that Kirsty Heslewood, who was recently crowned 'MISS ENGLAND 2013' will be supporting SMIRA during her year-long reign. Kirsty suffered from selective mutism until around the age of 6 and is very keen to help raise awareness of the condition and assist with SMIRA’s fund-raising efforts.
For further information go to Miss England 2013
Matt Holdback, 30, who suffered from selective mutism as a child, was recently chosen as an Olympic Torch Bearer for the Gloucestershire leg of the Torch Relay, having been nominated by his mother.
Matt told SMIRA: ‘I had selective mutism from around the age of four and a half until about nine. In those days people didn’t know much about the condition and it was very hard to deal with.
If I did manage to say a word, I would find myself with a gang of children around me, saying ‘Wow, he spoke,’ which made it even harder. In the Leicestershire village where I grew up I was always known as ‘the kid that didn’t speak.’
I was always a keen footballer though, and that helped.
Life changed for me when I left to go to University in Gloucestershire. I had started to speak by that time and involved myself in University life, although I still felt a little anxious about talking.
Whenever I was expected to give a speech or presentation I made sure I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, and in time things became easier.’
Matt is now working as a Personal Trainer and also runs holiday camps in Gloucestershire for children, called Just Camps.
Since his Olympic Torch experience he has been asked to speak in a number of local schools and is keen to help other sm sufferers where he can.
This much-acclaimed DVD was produced by SMIRA in conjunction with Leicester University Dept. of Education, funded by a grant from the DfES.Widely used as a training film throughout the UK and abroad, but also recommended viewing for parents.
Running time:24 minutes
Price: £13.00 inc. p & p within the UK
See also the 'Silent Children' book which is a companion to the DVD.
Available to order direct from SMIRA - an order form is available in the 'Downloads' section.
Thanks to Alison and Maggie ALL ROYALTIES COME TO SMIRA!!
This is a new book by Maggie Johnson and Alison Wintgens,published by Jessica Kingsley.
List Price £7.99
Publishing date 15th June 2012
'Meet Hannah - a young girl with selective mutism (SM). Hannah invites readers to learn about sm from her perspective, helping them to understand what it is, what it feels like to have sm, and how they can help.
This illustrated book is packed with accessible information and will be an ideal introduction to selective mutism. It shows family, friends and teachers how they can support a child with the condition and is also a good place to start when encouraging children with sm to talk about how it affects them.'
Can I tell you about Selective Mutism? by Maggie Johnson and Alison Wintgens is published by Jessica Kingsley (RRP £7.99, ISBN: 978-1-84905-289-4). To buy a copy at the discounted price of £6.99, please go to http://www.jkp.com, or call +44 (0)20 7833 2307, quoting the code ‘JOHSMI’.Offer expires 31st December 2012.