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The gorgeous 26-year-old may look like she’s always been filled with confidence and self-esteem, but as a child Kirsty suffered with a condition called ‘selective mutism’, which left her completely unable to speak outside the security of her own home.
It’s believed that 1 in 150 children in the UK suffer from selective mutism, with the causes ranging from anxiety issues, a phobia, abuse and trauma.
Kirsty says the anxiety of starting nursery aged 4 is what triggered the condition.
She opened up about her selective mutism back in 2012 in an interview with the Daily Mail.
‘It started the day I went to nursery school, I remember holding onto my Mum’s legs whilst she tried to untie me. I wasn’t crying, just holding on tight. I didn’t want her to leave me and was shocked that I had to stay. I remember just wanting to cry and go home with my little brother. The nursery teachers were trying their best to cheer me up or make me talk to them or the other children.
‘I was so shy and scared that I couldn’t bring myself to speak even though I wanted to. Every morning when I was at the nursery, I didn’t speak once.’
The problem then developed into a habit that continued into primary school and earned Kirsty the nickname ‘the girl who wouldn’t speak.’ She couldn’t speak to her friends or answer the register.
‘The school didn’t understand what was wrong. They didn’t know if it was just a bad case of someone suffering from anxiety or shyness or if I just couldn’t talk. Selective mutism wasn’t known then.’
The condition was finally combated when Kirsty’s mum Kerry sent a video to her school which showed Kirsty at home talking.
‘I was in a line, ready to walk into a class assembly, the TV was in there, all the teachers, headmaster, deputy head, helpers, cleaners, dinner ladies and anyone else who needed to see this piece of evidence.
‘I had no idea what I was about to watch, I thought it would just be a casual afternoon watching a film.
‘Then they turned the TV on and up I popped playing with Sooty and Sweep talking properly and making voices for my puppets.
‘I was so surprised “why am I on the TV?” I thought to myself, then I saw everyone else’s reactions. The children were shouting “Kirsty can speak” whilst the teachers just smiled.
‘My friends were so surprised and shocked to hear me speak, they started asking questions and talking to me, and eventually I started answering back. Once everyone knew my secret I felt I was allowed to talk.’
Nowadays Kirsty finds it hard to believe she ever suffered from selective mutism.
‘Looking back I can’t believe the little girl who suffered from mutism was even me.
‘My confidence has grown so much since those days, particularly over the past few years and nowadays I am certainly no wall flower.
‘I guess it just shows that if you are determined, nurtured and encouraged, you can overcome anything.’
Inspirational words from Kirsty and it’s great to know that issues like this can be worked through. We wish her and Elliott Wright all the best.