Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy birthday Gabi!!!

I can't believe that Gabi just turned 8 years old! It seems like just yesterday she was born. Now she is a high spirited 2nd grader. She has made so much progress in the past couple of years and I am so proud of her.  For those that don't know, Gabi was diagnosed at age 3 with Selective Mutism.
"Selective mutism is a little understood condition in which a person who is normally capable of speech is unable to speak in given situations or to specific people. Selective mutism usually co-exists with shyness or social anxiety."
When she started preschool she would not talk at all. She started whispering in class to the teachers, but never to class mates. Last year she started speaking in class in a regular speaking voice to both teachers and class mates. It has been amazing watching her grow socially since this happened.