November 13, 2017

Dear Friend and SMA Supporter,

Thank you for your contributions to the Selective Mutism (SM) community and your support to our organization throughout the year! Your involvement allows our organization to serve and educate those impacted by SM. We are asking for donations to ensure families and professionals continue to receive these resources to help a child with selective mutism.

to help a child with selective mutism

We are proud to share our accomplishments this year.

  • We conducted a Harris Poll survey of 2,204 U.S. adults aged 18+ to better understand Americans’ awareness of selective mutism. We were startled to learn that less than 1 in 5 adults were aware of SM! The survey revealed a lack of awareness even among those who personally knew a child with traits of SM. We remain committed more than ever to our goal to close this awareness gap.
  • We launched a redesign of our website to provide our visitors a much better navigation experience through the SM resources on our pages and to streamline internal working processes such as membership and bookstore resources. We were pleased it was well-received. One treating professional commented, “Beautiful work with the website…this is so well written and designed!”
  • Given feedback from our SM community and the record number of submissions for presentations, we extended the SMA conference from one day to two. Held in Boston, MA in October 2017, the extra half day allowed more room for content covering topics relevant to caregivers and professionals. Also, our community enjoyed visiting with each other at the newly-added connection/networking hour…we are working to increase the opportunities for our community to connect?
  • While SMA has been leading the charge for closing the awareness gap on selective mutism, the SM community has also rallied behind SMA to make this a reality. Families and children from around the U.S. representing 19 states participated in the “Get Loud for Lemonade” campaign started by SMA’s Arizona state coordinator, Jenny Chasteen Foster and her children. The families and kids who bravely ran the lemonade stands in their communities in support of selective mutism awareness donated 100% of the proceeds to our organization. We could not be more grateful to or inspired by these children and their families.

In addition to online donations, we also welcome and appreciate contributions by check made payable to “The Selective Mutism Association” and mailed to 3152 Little Road, Suite 184, Trinity, FL 34655.

The Selective Mutism Association is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation and your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Together, we will continue to help our children’s voices be heard!

With gratitude,

Louis Chesney
Board Member, Chair of Development

Lisa Kovac
Board Member, Executive Director