SMIRA (Selective Mutism Information and Research Association) supports parents and professionals involved with children suffering from Selective Mutism.
SMIRA is a support group for families of Selectively Mute children and professionals involved in helping them. It is based in Leicester, UK, and is a registered charity (No. 1022673) led by both parents and professionals with many years experience of Selective Mutism. It provides information and support for parents, as well as education and healthcare professionals throughout the UK and also has many international contacts.
SMIRA publishes regular newsletters, holds National Conferences in Leicester on an annual basis and aims to put families in touch with those in a similar position to themselves where possible. Membership is free to parents, although it is hoped families will make donations according to their means.
SMIRA offers a number of leaflets and other resources, many of which can be downloaded from the website. There is also a Facebook group, where members can receive support and advice from other families and professionals. SMIRA has several publications for purchase, including the DVD and book 'Silent Children - Approaches to Selective Mutism', which has been widely used in training sessions, and a new book, 'Tackling Selective Mutism', edited by Benita Rae Smith and Alice Sluckin, published by Jessica Kingsley (ISBN 978-1-84905-393-8).