Teachers needed for selective mutism study

AKFSA is always interested in promoting research that will enhance our understanding of Social Anxiety. Selective Mutism is much more prevalent that many realize and studies such as this one will help to improve treatment. Brittany Mash, M.A., a Graduate Student at Michigan State University, is leading the study under the direction of John Carlson PhD.  Associate Professor of School Psychology, Doctoral Program Director, Director of Clinical Training, Michigan State University.

The entire letter is copied, below, or you can download the letter in MS Word.

Recruitment Letter

Dear Valued Parent or Professional,

Michigan State University, Department of School Psychology is currently seeking teachers to participate in a thesis examining teacher perspectives regarding children with selective mutism. The purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of the educational support needed by students with selective mutism and the professionals dedicated to their education.

Participants will only be asked to fill out a 20-minute online survey, which asks questions about their beliefs and teaching style. This study may result in both indirect and direct benefits for teachers and for children with selective mutism. In addition, the first 100 participants to completely fill out our survey will automatically win a $10 gift card. And, every participant thereafter will be entered into a lottery to win one of five $50 pre-paid visa cards upon fully completing the survey.

To participate, you must be a certified elementary teacher who has taught a student with selective mutism in the last three school years.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please visit the website below for more information, and for the link to the survey: https://sites.google.com/site/smresearchmsu/home

If you know someone who would fit the criterion to participate in this study, please forward him or her this e-mail, or the link above.

I greatly appreciate your time and consideration, and hope you will be able to help us in our efforts to support students with selective mutism and their teachers.


Brittany Mash

Michigan State University Selective Mutism Research

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