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Monsters in his Head

I’m watching Martin’s weekly private swimming lesson from the viewing area of the local pool. A girl of about the same age as him is swimming widths nearby, accompanied by her teacher. There is nothing unusual about the girl, but … Continue reading

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My child is a perfectionist. Here’s how we find balance.

“Please — draw me a Spinosaurus!” I turn away from the kitchen counter and see a little person, my son, handing me a piece of paper and a pencil. I quickly wipe my hands off on my apron and take … Continue reading

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On the Edge of the Void

Martin stands at the edge of a swimming pool, nervously shifting from one foot to the other, his whimpering becoming full blown crying the longer he stands there. I am waiting for him in the water, my arms invitingly outstretched, … Continue reading

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Koopa’s words disappeared

Here is a book I’d recommend wholeheartedly to any parent of a child with Selective Mutism, or any other kind of anxiety-related disorder. The book, written an illustrated by Elaneh Bos, is called “Leo’s Words Disappeared”, and is about a … Continue reading

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7 Habits of Highly Perfectionist Children

1. Always make sure your bingo cards are perfectly aligned with each other AND with the hardwood pattern on the floor, or whatever surface they are lying on. 2. Every time upon leaving the house, inquire how much time you … Continue reading

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Paddling along

We took a walk on the Toronto lakeshore the other day and passed this little pond where people could rent a canoe or an individual paddle boat for a 15-minute ride. The little paddle boats were clearly for kids but … Continue reading

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Koopa talks

I think it is safe to say now that Koopa’s selective mutism is a thing of the past. About a month and a half ago he started talking freely in most settings, chatting to friends at daycare and on playgrounds, … Continue reading

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