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From Selective Mutism to Speaker at his Graduation



This high School graduation day shares our joy and his journey from selective mutism to graduating high school and speaking at his high school graduation as Student Body President.  A journey that at a blink of our eyes years ago would have seemed to far off and not attainable.

He sounded like a pro, no hesitation or fear.  Clear, concise and confident.  The teachers, councilors and family and friends all marveled, knowing where he started.

He has decided to study neuroscience and cognitive studies and perhaps his journey with selective mutism in some way helped shape that decision.  Perhaps someday, when he becomes a doctor, he will figure this all out for us.  Wouldn’t that be grand, one who had selective mutism, goes on to figure out how to fix it.

He was accepted to top colleges and will be attending an honors college in the fall.  All full steam ahead, not looking back.

For those of you just starting this journey with a child with selective mutism, we understand, we know the journey ahead and hold this day as a vision point, that your child too someday can stand in front of graduation and give a speech to his or her class.


For those reading this blog for the first time.  The stories in the blog works backwards, so start with the first posting and you can read forward today of you want to read the whole story.  This is our families journey story and we hope it helps others.

  1. Jennifer
    June 21, 2013 at 4:06 am

    This is amazing to me. I often wonder what the future will bring for my 5-year-old son with Selective Mutism. You have shown me that anything is possible.

  2. August 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    This makes me tear up with joy for him! My son is 8 and was diagnosed with SM when he was 4. We are now switching elementary schools and I’m terrified for him. I would love any advice from anyone out there on how to make an easier transition for him. My email is carriechristine@netzero.com.

  3. Dee
    October 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Wow. I am actually getting choked-up looking at your son up on the podium addressing his class. My 7-year old is still incapable of speaking in a whisper at school without substantial prompting. Your son is such an inspiration and beacon of hope for me. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

  4. nancy
    November 2, 2013 at 12:30 am

    What worked for your son? Does he take medication? My daughter is 9, taking Prozac now for 2 years, and is getting better, slowly, all the time.

  5. Petra
    December 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    This is truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing. My son is 11 years old and was diagnosed with SM at age 3. He has made many gains over the years – but still not able to communicate verbally in school. He is moving up to the HS next September and I am terrified for him. I would love the opportunity to speak with a parent whose child has overcome his/her anxiety in the school setting and learn what accommodations were utilized in school. My email is pstarrant12@yahoo.com. Thank you.

  6. Julia Skelton
    February 24, 2015 at 4:59 am

    I’m a senior in high school and will be graduating in June. I would really love to see his speech or just read his speech, I’m hoping to be able to make a speech at graduation too! 🙂

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