+ Richie’s House Three bedroom apartment in a six-family home, Ridgewood, Queens. All four boys share a largest room, with two sets of bunk beds. Grace and her parents have their own bedrooms.
+ Richie’s School Early Childhood Educational Center Pre-K – 3 rd Grade Started school here Also where his two older siblings were attending school Neighborhood school
+ Richie’s Behaviors Observed Recognized that the twins were exhibiting the same anti- social behaviors as Gilbert and Leo did when in front of strangers, and especially at school. This includes not making eye contact, giving no response to questions people ask, wearing heaving and big clothing when going out, not wanting to take coats off when entering buildings, heads down and full change in their body language. Richie (and Rocky) would not socialize with children inside the classroom or at recess/lunch. Richie will not make eye contact, and would not respond to the teacher at all, not even with head nods or hand gestures. Will not participate in movement games, or physical education class. Sluggish movement, wears sleeves long over hands, tries to keep hood on during school.
+ Videos Understanding What the Child with Selective Mutism goes through and feels like everyday when in social situations outside of the house:You Tube "Help Me To Speak - Selective Mutism, Part 1/4”You Tube "Help Me To Speak - Selective Mutism, Part 1/4” Ways to interact with a selectively mute child:"This Morning - Selective Mutism (how to interact with a selectively mute child) 4:45 (30 seconds)"This Morning - Selective Mutism (how to interact with a selectively mute child) Ritual Sound Approach Therapy:2020 Special on Selective Mutism start at 3:002020 Special on Selective Mutism
+ Possible Treatments/Interventions Play Therapy Individual Therapy (cognitive-behavioural therapy) Psychiatrist - Medication (anti-anxiety) Speech Pathologist - Ritual sound approach SPECIFIC FOR THE VALEZ TWINS Keeping them in same class Someone who they are comfortable with (same paraprofessional, teacher)