I wanted to share an update with my formerly selectively mute child. Last month, she participated in an opera at school (The Barber of Seville). She performed on the school stage in front of the third grade parents.
That’s K, saying her lines. She had about 3 lines, but she said them very well.
She was the servant of Count Almaviva. There was a point where it was just the two of them on stage.
And then half the cast moved into the audience for the dance performance and the last song of the Opera.
We’re just so proud of how far she’s come since that time when she was a preschooler afraid to make friends with her classmates and talk in class. It’s hard to believe she is 9 now and in the advanced program and she’s been thriving in school with no signs of mutism.
I really hope those whose children have been diagnosed with selective mutism at young ages just hang in there. With the proper support inside and outside of school, it does get better!