Selective Mutism Workshop

Legadel recently hosted a workshop on selective mutism in its office in Golders Green, attended by 35 people. Presented by psychologist Ruth Perednik, an expert in the field, the workshop was entitled “Recognising and understanding selective mutism — and how we can help.”   

An increasing number of children are presenting with this issue, which is a complex childhood anxiety disorder. Legadel therefore thought it important to provide its staff, as well as school SENCOs, with appropriate skills, to help them gain a better insight to what can be a confusing and scary situation, both for the children and the adults who work with them.

Dr. Perednik is a pioneer in the field of treating selective mutism. She developed an effective and empowering treatment for selective mutism, has written books and research papers on the subject, and lectures around the world to teachers, parents and therapists. Dr. Perednik supervises and trains therapists, and has developed an online treatment course. Her treatment is based on cognitive behavioural methods, and has been effective in helping children and teens overcome selective mutism and social anxiety.

Behavior & Learning Workshop

Over the past two weeks Legadel in conjunction with Judith Nemeth from Al Pi Darko have been running parent workshops. The first week was on understanding behaviour and the second week was on understand learning and how you as a parent can understand and support your child better.

The sessions were held at Legadel and there was a good turnout at both events with a lot of audience participation. The workshops were an introduction as well asa brief insight into different tools and techniques parents can learn if they participate in the more intense and comprehensive 8 week Al Pi Darko parenting workshop.