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Selective mutism – approaches and support

Tina Zabukovec (2013) Selective mutism – approaches and support. Diploma thesis.

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    In the theoretical part of this diploma work, we explore the history of the disorder known as selective mutism through its present-day definition and diagnostic criteria. As the exact reason for the development of selective mutism still isn’t known, we look at different possible origins of the disorder based on various theories and learn its characteristics. Next up, we point out the elements of support and assistance that professional workers in school can offer, with an emphasis on understanding and being based on the level of mutism that the child is on. Aside from professional workers, support from parents is also crucial, which is why we look over the possible strategies for them as well. At the end of the theoretical part, we also acquaint ourselves with the need for cooperation between professional workers and the parents of a child with this disorder and ways in which they can cooperate. In the empirical part, I present the support strategies used by the parents of a child with selective mutism; the approach of the social pedagogue who works with the same child in school; and compare both with the guidelines that can be found in literature. Following that is an overview of the cooperation between the parents and the social pedagogue and their satisfaction with the co-creative relationship they have. At the same time, I compare this with my findings from the sources I used. Through a case study we can detect that what helps a lot in diminishing the child’s problems is the parents’ and the social pedagogue’s inclusion in the overall process of assistance, their cooperation, and constant suitable assistance and support (exposure to new situations and people, cognitive-behavioural approaches, not being forced into speaking, …). In the conclusion, we summarise the findings based on the analysis of the case study and a synthesis of the theoretical sources that have been used.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: selective mutism, phobia, anxiety, parental assistance, assistance of professional workers, co-creative process of assistance
    Number of Pages: 51
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Alenka KoboltMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9752905)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1697
    Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 06:59
    Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 06:59
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1697

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