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Elective Mutism : A Handbook for Educators, Counsellors and Health Care Professionals - Norman H. Hadley

Elective Mutism

A Handbook for Educators, Counsellors and Health Care Professionals

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1993
ISBN: 9780792324188
Number Of Pages: 244

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Elective mutism is discussed within the context of silence and gender differences in communication. The elective mutism literature focuses on the characteristics of specific patients but little has been done in systematic theory building. Hadley addresses this issue and argues for a multidimensional theory of elective mutism. The book has five major purposes: (1) to provide a background for the problem of elective mutism by identifying the characteristics of healthy users of silence; (2) to provide a compendium of practical approaches for assessing and treating elective mutism; (3) to suggest etiological models of elective mutism based on the evaluation and synthesis of case study data; (4) to identify recurring themes and major issues in the published literature; and (5) to identify research questions related to the assessment and treatment of elective mutism. The book includes an assessment instrument for monitoring and recording information about the behaviour of silence users. It can also be used to monitor and record progress during treatment. Topics covered include characteristics of elective mutism, psychosocial factors of silence and communication, psychosocial characteristics of electively mute persons, theories of elective mutism, legal aspects of the silence user role, direct observation of behaviour, why-questions beyond direct observation, assessment of electively mute behaviour, and unsystematic informal treatments. The treatment section is extensive and includes behavioural interventions such as positive self-modelling and expressive therapies such as play therapy, phototherapy and art therapy. This text has been written for applied researchers and practitioners in the disciplines of school psychology, speech-language pathology, special education, expressive therapy, family therapy, psychiatry, clinical psychology, paediatric medicine and social work.

Elective Mutism: Nature and Characteristicsp. 1
Psychosocial Factors of Silencep. 6
Communication and Elective Mutismp. 24
Psychosocial Characteristics of Electively Mute Persons. Part 1p. 30
Psychosocial Characteristics of Electively Mute Persons. Part 2p. 36
Psychosocial Characteristics of Electively Mute Persons. Part 3p. 42
Theories of Elective Mutismp. 52
Feigning the Silence User Rolep. 66
Direct Observation of Behaviorp. 75
Scatter Plot: Applications for Elective Mutismp. 80
Why-Questions: Beyond Direct Observationp. 89
Assessment of Electively Mute Behaviorp. 93
Elective Mutism Interview Schedulep. 105
Treatment of Elective Mutism: Preliminary Considerationsp. 140
Earliest Communication During Treatment of Electively Mute Personsp. 149
Follow-Up of Electively Mute Personsp. 159
Unsystematic Informal Treatmentsp. 169
Behavior Management Procedures. Part 1p. 172
Behavior Management Procedures. Part 2p. 176
Self-Modelingp. 191
Expressive Therapy Interventions. Part 1p. 195
Expressive Therapy Interventions. Part 2p. 208
Referencesp. 221
Name Indexp. 235
Subject Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780792324188
ISBN-10: 0792324188
Series: NATO Asi Series. Series C, Mathematical and Physical Science
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 31st December 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.56