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  • Selective mutism is a unique form of anxiety or social anxiety that typically occurs in childhood.

  • Selective mutism involves a child who does not speak and who will only speak

  • in certain situations for fear of being judged or critic. In many instances children with

  • selective mutism will speak to peers but they won't speak to adults or sometimes they will

  • speak to their friends but won't speak with their teachers. Often times these children

  • won't speak at school but they'll speak and be quite rambunctious when they're at home.

  • Of course selective mutism creates great difficulties in school because it's challenging assessing

  • the child's knowledge and helping the child when they may not understand what's going on in the class room setting.

  • Selective mutism has multiple different treatment strategies and behavioral intervention is key.

  • A child can learn how to speak and be more comfortable

  • in those environments through a gradual succession of practicing and speaking and positive reinforcement.

  • Selective mutism has a very good prognostic outcome when interventions are immediate.

  • It is important to remember that when a child is selectively mute, not to consider them

  • to be shy or rude and it's also important not to put them on spot and insist that they

  • speak , this often exacerbates their anxiety and makes them even more less apt to speak in that situation.

  • Selective mutism treatment requires the intervention of parents, teachers

  • and behavioral professionals . A collaboration that helps the child learn how to speak through

  • small and gradual successions. Selective mutism is rarely understood but these are few facts

  • regarding this anxiety disorder.

Selective mutism is a unique form of anxiety or social anxiety that typically occurs in childhood.

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What Is Selective Mutism? | Child Psychology

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    Liao posted on 2018/02/27
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