Understanding and Supporting Children with Selective Mutism in the Primary School


  • Finola O'Neill


Selective Mutism, Primary School, Intervention Strategies, Mainstream, Support


Although selective mutism is not a common condition, it can have very serious effects on a child’s academic and social life. Following a description of selective mutism and the most commonly observed characteristics of children who present with this condition, a process of identification and intervention is presented, based on a mainstream setting and involving the support of a resource teacher, amongst others.


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How to Cite

O’Neill, F. (2021). Understanding and Supporting Children with Selective Mutism in the Primary School. REACH: Journal of Inclusive Education in Ireland, 19(1), 45–56. Retrieved from https://reachjournal.ie/index.php/reach/article/view/153