Wife and mother of a Selective Mutism person
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My 5 year old shows all SM signs. We have an IEP meeting next week and I'm concerned due to the Special Ed. teacher will be there. My son's teachers - he's in an extremely large class with two teachers, know he's smart. I sent a handout from Wiki on interventions used for SM. Secondly, my husband has social anxiety symptoms. He's not on board with my son's diagnosis - which I have determined. How can I get him on board? My husband has learned to interact 1:1 well, but rarely initiates interaction with others and in my opinion avoids situations where he will be around new people. He even has anxiety about people watching him eat. He's gained some weight and does not go to church because he fears people will think he's fat. Several of his family members have SM or social anxiety traits, in my opinion. Finally, our nearly 3 year old shows some anxiety signs, such as twirls hair to point of falling out, clingly, etc., but he does interact with other kids, just cautiously. What can I do to advocate for my son and get my husband on board.
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