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So this month I'll be posting a lot about Selective Mutism, as October is #selectivemutism awareness month.

I'll start with this. Hi, I'm Lilo!

At age 3 I started preschool. Mom told the teachers I had speech problems (by which she meant I didn't annunciate properly)
When I never spoke in class, the teachers assumed these were the speech problems my mom was referring to, so they didn't mention it

It wasn't until months later that it was casually mentioned that I didn't speak. My teachers thought I was entirely nonverbal.
It was then my mom learned I'd never said a word outside my house.

Within 24 hours I had an appointment with the school diagnostician and got a Selective Mutism diagnosis.

Now, a little over 20 years later, I speak most places. But it's never been easy.
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