This unique book is directed to children with Selective Mutism as well as for parents, professionals and teachers to help them understand a child’s unspoken words when unable to speak and express themselves. It begins with a letter to children helping them to know they are not alone and others feel as they do. The book also includes a letter to parents, professionals and teachers reading the book as well with the goal of helping them understand what a child with SM feels like, may be wanting to say, but can’t regarding various social settings, such as in public, with guests at home, friends who visit and with teachers/peers at school. The bulk of the book includes well-written and insightful sayings that children may be saying or actions they may be taking and then explains what they really may be meaning. Beautiful illustrations are included throughout to help ‘see’ what the child may be feeling. Finally, Sophia has written her story, Beneath my Shell, as a way of explaining her feelings while suffering in silence. Sophie’s story is detailed, introspective, heartwarming and inspirational as she describes her personal journey to overcome Selective Mutism. Ages 10 and up.
Audience: Adolescents/Teens, Children, Parent, Professional