New Children's Book Takes a Real-Life Look at Selective Mutism Through the Eyes of a Child

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Children's book, 'Why Dylan Doesn't Talk', sensitively portrays the internal struggle and isolation that a child with Selective Mutism endures on a daily basis and helps them to understand and accept their fear of speaking.

Do you know of a child who is outgoing at home, but does not utter a word in most other settings? This child may be living with a rare disorder called Selective Mutism. Approximately 7 in every 1,000 children suffer from this debilitating social-anxiety disorder. These children are happy, social children at home and with those whom they are very close with, yet these same children are unable to speak to many of the people they come in contact with outside the home. They are unable to talk, make eye contact or often times even smile when they leave the safety and comfort of their familiar surroundings. Selective Mutism affects their ability to function normally in everyday situations.

"Carrie Bryson's new children's book, 'Why Dylan Doesn't Talk', includes photographs and text that beautifully complement each other to help young readers vividly identify with the author's son, Dylan. Inspired by a need to find ways to communicate with her child, the author has written an excellent book that is both informative and therapeutic for children and their parents. An invaluable resource for teachers and mental health professionals," says Dr. Chrissi Hart, PhD, Licensed Psychologist and Author.

In this book you will meet Dylan, a smart, energetic 7-year-old who shares what it's like to be a child with Selective Mutism. Follow him as he tells his story and his struggles so that other children, parents, teachers and caregivers can understand what it's like to live with a fear of speaking.

'Why Dylan Doesn't Talk' is an excellent resource for those who are looking for an honest, real-life look at what children with Selective Mutism feel and experience in their daily lives. It's filled with questions to help children and parents open up the lines of communication and to better help them discuss this sensitive topic that may otherwise be difficult for children to express on their own.

Being one of only a few books on this topic that is specifically geared toward children, 'Why Dylan Doesn't Talk' is a must-have for any child who is suffering with this severe social anxiety disorder and is a helpful tool for anyone who may be involved in the life of a Selectively Mute child.

Why Dylan Doesn't Talk can be previewed and purchased at

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