I had been working with Jessie, an 8 year old with selective mutism for several months without her uttering a single word. She could speak, her mother had heard her talking to her dolls.
One Thursday Jessie and I went to the shops she stopped at some lovely red shoes. At £15 they were a bargain. ‘Would you like those?’ I asked. She nodded her head vigorously. Although I knew I shouldn’t, I decided to buy them. Back at school they were quickly on her feet and with a huge grin on her face she danced around. When her mother arrived Jessie pointed to her shoes. I explained to Mrs Jacobs that I had bought them. She thanked me then turned to Jessie, in a voice as clear as crystal Jessie said ‘Thank you for my beautiful brand new shoes Sam.’ That was the best £15.00 I have ever spent.