Understanding Katie


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by Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum

This picture storybook details a day in the life of Katie, a child with Selective Mutism. Through her experiences at home and school on a typical day, readers gain insight into the everyday struggles and triumphs of children with SM. Parents can learn from Katie’s mother as she helps her child through the anxious moments of the day, and children with SM will identify with Katie and take comfort in knowing that there are other children “just like them.” The pictures in the book are in outline form, allowing children to color the pictures and personalize their storybook.