Hello Space Colleagues,
I am recently trained in SPACE, and am seeking some consultation for a family I am working with. This 16 year old boy has a long history or selective mutism and social phobia. In recent years, as school has become more challenging he has also exhibited school refusal. We are in Toronto, and school is currently online. He does participate in school however parents wake him, sit beside him, put him into break out rooms, and monitor closely his attendance. He never speaks in class, and hardly speaks to parents. They also prompt him to finish school work, and he is doing well in school. There are SO many accommodations, however I struggle with what to begin with. Parents are concerned that if they remove something he will sink lower and will participate less in school- AND they know that they have to start with something. He can lay on the couch and do nothing fo long periods of time. We have settled on not prompting for homework completion, and not sitting with him through classes that he is more confident in (math). He had been in treatment, but was not willing and would not speak. I am currently working with parents. Any thoughts, or input would be much appreciated!