UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Working with Selective Mutism: Extension Course - Module 4

Ref: 723/20
Date:To be confirmed
Venue:UCL Chandler House, Bloomsbury, London
Places: 20

Course Overview

Building on Modules 1 and 2, this session looks at conditions which frequently occur alongside SM and asks participants to consider their roles and remit when supporting children and young people who are experiencing more than SM. Topics include additional speech and language difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavioural issues, separation anxiety, social anxiety disorder and other fears and phobias. Adaptations to standard assessment and intervention techniques are discussed, together with additional management techniques and medication.

Target audience

Any professionals and support workers from educational, health and mental health backgrounds who have completed modules 1&2. Case-workers and therapists working with adults are also welcome.

N.B. Participants will be required to bring with them a copy of the second edition of The Selective Mutism Resource Manual (Johnson and Wintgens, 2016, Speechmark Publications) or purchase one on the day by prior arrangement.


At the end of the course participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.


 9.45Introduction to co-existing conditions.
Extended assignment: general principles.
Assessment and management of speech and language difficulties (including learning English as an additional language).
Autism Spectrum Disorders: the question of co-existence.
 11.15 BREAK

Autism Spectrum Disorders: assessment, diagnosis and management.

Mental health issues: implications and possible involvement of CAMHS.
Identification and management of other anxieties and phobias

 12.45 LUNCH
 1.45Behaviour issues and Medication.
Advising and training other professional agencies
 3.15Case studies and case discussion.
Summing up and take away plans.
 4.30 CLOSE

Course Tutor

Maggie Johnson, Principal Speech and Language Therapist, Kent Community Health NHS Trust.