Finding Your Voice: Helping Children with Selective Mutism

ISBN 9789814779579

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Dr Kirthana Vasudevan Clare Kwan Wong Zi Jun Daniel Fung

Finding Your Voice highlights the different challenges a child with selective mutism might face, and provides effective, research-based behavioural intervention plans. 



“My child talks non-stop at home, but his teachers say they can’t get a word out of him!”

Selective mutism is a childhood anxiety disorder characterised by a child's inability to speak and communicate effectively in select social settings, such as school. These children are able to speak and communicate in settings where they are comfortable, secure, and relaxed. Most children with selective mutism also have social phobia or social anxiety: they fear social interactions where there is an expectation to speak and communicate.

Finding Your Voice highlights the different challenges a child with selective mutism might face, and provides effective, research-based behavioural intervention plans. Tips for engaging and motivating children are provided, focusing on a gradual, step-wise approach to increased speech, as well as fun and engaging activities that can be used at each step of treatment.

Dr Kirthana Vasudevan
Dr Kirthana Vasudevan is a Psychiatry resident in Singapore who lends her voice to advocate for child and adolescent mental health. She graduated from the National University of Singapore and continues to engage in projects related to children’s wel-fare around the world. 
Clare Kwan
Clare Kwan graduated with a Masters in Clinical Psychology in 2010 and has success-fully treated children with selective mutism using a range of therapies including CBT and narrative therapy.
Wong Zi Jun
Wong Zi Jun obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology from James Cook University. While at the IMH Child Guidance Clinic, she was involved in research on clinical issues including selective mutism.
Daniel Fung

Dr Daniel Fung is married to Joyce and is a full-time father to five wonderful children. He is also a child psychiatrist at the Institute of Mental Health’s Child Guidance Clinic and Chairman of the Medical Board of Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health.

He graduated from the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Medicine in 1990 and obtained a Masters of Medicine in Psychiatry in 1996 and was awarded the Singapore Psychiatric Association Book prize. Dr Fung is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Yong Loo Lin Medical School, Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University.

He is currently the Vice President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions and the Immediate Past President of the Asian Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.

Dr Fung has been involved with working with children who have been abused since the start of his career and is active with the Singapore Children’s Society where he received their Platinum Service Award in 2017. As a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator for various studies involving innovative clinical interventions on disruptive behaviour disorders and anxiety disorders, his research is supported by the National Medical Research Council and other funding agencies.

Dr Fung has been involved in over 10 national level funded research grants. He has co-authored over 100 peer reviewed research papers (88), books (30) and book chapters (18). Dr Fung is also the programme director of REACH (Response, Early interventions and Assessment in Community Mental Health), a community-based mental health programme in Singapore.

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