Raise awareness, to provide resources, and to recommend options for selective mutism related topics. Provide a common ground where people with SM from all over the world can network and support one another. Foster and generate resources for clinical and research funding opportunities
About Selective Mutism
Selective Mutism (SM) is best described as a phobia of being heard or seen speaking. People with SM are able to speak perfectly with individuals that they are comfortable, but are often unable to speak normally in other social settings.
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Selective Mutism is
little known childhood disorder.
SMF originated from a family in which all three children suffered from selective mutism. Due to a lack of awareness, no one was able to help these children while mother Poling Bork was desperately and helplessly watching her children suffer in silence. With a sheer determination and a strong impulse to find a resolution, she embarked on a long, daunting, yet rewarding journey which resulted in the acquisition of the necessary knowledge to help her children overcome selective mutism.
What we do
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- Helped many children regain their voices
- Provided parents with selective mutism related parenting strategies
- Lead and conducted research and studies on selective mutism
- Provided specific pedagogical approaches for educators who work with children with selective mutism
- Provided sound advice to professionals including Speech Language Pathologist and pediatricians on how to best address selective mutism
With her background in Computer Science, Dr. Bork also actively explored the use of technology for SM treatment. She is the first (known) researcher to propose using software applications to help shape verbal behaviour (Bork, 2010). Over the past few years, she has designed and overseen several developments of software applications assisting individuals with special needs (e.g., SM, stuttering, intellectual and developmental disabilities, etc.). Some of them are currently available free for download in iTunes.
A proud member with a Chartered Professional Accountants and Certified General Accountants designation (CPA, CGA) with an Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA) from Brock University.
Passionate about accounting related issues and telling the story behind the numbers. Experienced at leading external audits to completion with appropriate follow-up to the Board of Directors. April enjoys digging into the details and presenting solutions to everyday business situations.
April currently resides in the beautiful Niagara Region with her husband and rescue dog. April is a proud Board Member of the Lincoln County Humane Society.
Her research centres on inclusion for students with diverse needs. Upon completion of her graduate work at the University of Toronto, Dr. Bennett held a number of school and school board based positions prior to joining the Faculty of Education at Brock. She brings her practical experiences as an educator to the field of research, providing a blend of theory and practice essential to bridge the gap between what we do in classrooms and how we understand those actions in the larger context.
Although Lori has had many years of clinical experience, she continues to maintain her skill set through educational opportunities to help her students achieve their full communication potential.