Should my daughter who might have selective mutism switch classes?
- Rachel Busman, PsyD
Switching classes might help, but getting a diagnosis and deciding on a treatment plan should be your priority.READ MORE
My niece refuses to speak around adults, but with kids she's the leader of the group. Could she have SM?
- Raquel Cumba, PhD
She could, so it makes sense to get an evaluation. Socializing with people her own age does not rule out selective mutism.READ MORE
Can my child have both autism and selective mutism, and be treated for both?
- Steven G. Dickstein, MD
The two can't be diagnosed together, though it's not unusual for a child's diagnosis to change as he develops, and there are some similarities in the treatments we recommend.READ MORE
The Most Common Misdiagnoses in Children
From inattention to disruptive behavior, many symptoms have multiple causes, leading to mistakes when kids aren't carefully assessedREAD MORE
Our 7-year-old, who is tapering off Prozac, is upset and irritable. Is that a symptom of withdrawal?
- Ron J. Steingard, MD
Coming off medications like Prozac, which has a long half-life, is usually pretty smooth. I'd have someone check out what else might be happening to your son.READ MORE
Intensive Intervention for Selective Mutism
Melissa Ortega, PsyD, formerly of the Child Mind Institute, discusses how intensive intervention for children with selective mutism can turn around lives in really stunning ways--for all involved.WATCH MORE
Language & Communication: The SLP Perspective
In this workshop, Rachel Cortese, MS, CCC-SLP, MSEd, a speech-language pathologist at the Child Mind Institute, will share what we know about the connection between speech, language, and selective mutism.READ MORE
My daughter's school would like her to repeat second grade. When is it good to keep a child back, if ever?
- Matthew Cruger, PhD
What a child who is falling behind socially or academically needs most is help with whatever is interfering with learning.READ MORE
Medications for SM: When, Why, and How
Steven Dickstein, MD, discusses when, why, and how medication is used in the treatment of Selective Mutism.READ MORE
The Family Gathering: A Survival Guide
- Rachel Ehmke
How to help your kids be at their best at Grandma's, avoid meltdowns, and have some fun, tooREAD MORE