Add Junior Class President to his resume, Selective Mutism did not define him.
Thinking back on the days he did not speak and could not speak at school, I am over joyed to update you on the progress and his accomplishments. The child who could not talk when he was 3 to 5, now elected junior class president.
For those who know him today as this very confident person, would not suspect that he could not speak 12 years ago. Selective Mutism changed him, molded him, but did not define him.
He came to us a few weeks back after visiting Standford for a college tour and said he wanted to run for class president. They were stressing that it was not enough to have top grades, sports, you needed leadership and give back to the community. I thought it would go in one ear and out the other. The trip was worth it just for that. He was willing to risk and go for it.
He plays sports, but never had taken a leadership role and one so visible. He also told us he would be running against the homecoming queen. As we have always done we supported his decision and held our breath. This was a big step, public speaking, leadership, expression of ideas.
Posters- check, T shirt vote for….,- check- Speech- check. Smile and hand shake and off he went to win an election.
The news that he had won was a victory in many ways far beyond the typical high school hype. To us it was his passage not just to speak, but to anything he want to do. I hope it inspires your child who may still not have made the journey that he has and have set a path to make it a reality for more.
Now he tells me he has to plan Prom and Homecoming…… for us this is a homecoming from Selective Mutism. Now he has left me speechless.