Including a Child who is Selectively Mute in a Primary Classroom


  • Paula Henry
  • Michael Shevlin


Selective Mutism, Primary Classroom, Intervention, Communication, Mainstream


Knowledge, empathy and careful planning are essential factors in successful intervention with children with selective mutism. This case study outlines some of the important steps involved in helping a young child to communicate with his teacher and peers in a mainstream classroom.


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How to Cite

Henry, P., & Shevlin, M. (2021). Including a Child who is Selectively Mute in a Primary Classroom. REACH: Journal of Inclusive Education in Ireland, 20(1), 45–54. Retrieved from