Do any of these sound familiar?

  • I do want to speak but the words just won’t come out.

  • It feels like the words are stuck in my throat.

  • I don’t like it.

  • I don’t want to do it.

  • She’s such a chatterbox at home.

  • The closer we get to school the less he speaks.

  • She looks like a rabbit in the headlights.

  • It’s like he is almost about to speak to me.

  • The more I ask the more she clams up.

  • Sometimes she talks and sometimes she doesn’t.

  • He’s really slow and hesitant to get started with things like writing and dressing.

  • They think he’s being stubborn.

  • Talking in front of certain people feels too scary.


Someone you know may be suffering from Selective Mutism (SM) or speech confidence difficulties. SM is a condition that will not go away if left untreated.


This website was developed to give easy access to quality information and resources on SM from a variety of sources. I hope it saves you time and energy in the hunt for support and that we can raise awareness and understanding around SM together.


Selective Mutism Western Australia (SMWA)