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Selective Mutism Resources Training and Information (SMARTI)

SMARTI is a support group held termly for those:

  • caring for and working with children who have a diagnosis of selective mutism
  • those who demonstrate speech anxiety in certain situations

It provides opportunities to network with others and to share ideas with them while providing/gaining support. A variety of resources and information to help with the management of this condition are on display in the form of:

  • handouts
  • books
  • toys
  • voice recorders

Specialist advisors are available to discuss practical application.

An informal discussion is planned and organised for each session based on requested topics fed back by those attending. Discussions have included:

  • how to manage transitions
  • helping children to cope with anxiety, aimed at supporting both professionals and parents

Visiting speakers are sometimes organised to run the discussion such as educational psychologists and experts in the field such as Maggie Johnson.

When and where?

Sessions are led by staff from Luton’s Special Educational Needs service (SENS) and are held termly.

Currently dates and venue are under review and will be posted when available.

Online surgeries for schools and parents are available and dates are circulated through schools.

For dates and time please contact SENS on 01582 548151 or

What do people who attend say about SMARTI

‘I really enjoy going to the SMARTI meetings. It gives me an opportunity to meet other parents with children who are suffering with Selective Mutism. We are able to share our experience with an expert to guide us. These meetings have helped me to understand how my child feels and how to deal with difficult situations’ (parent)

‘I came to the question and answer session yesterday. It was fantastic’ (school staff)

‘All the best with your wonderful work’ (Maggie Johnson – co author of Selective Mutism Resource Manual)

Who to contact

Contact Name
Gold Coker
Contact Position
Administrator for the Special Educational Needs Service

Speech, language and communication difficulties service

Where to go

Leagrave Centre
The Leagrave Centre
Strangers Way

Last updated 11/09/2023