She said her words got 'stuck.'
In preschool, she said that her words got 'stuck.' Her extreme anxiety prevented her from speaking even when she really wanted to. Simply put, she was panicked into silence.READ MORE
Selective Mutism 101
Rachel Busman, PsyD, director of the Selective Mutism Service, leads an in-depth discussion on the diagnosis of selective mutism, debunking the unfortunate myths and misunderstandings that continue to impact children challenged with the disorder and covering the history of the diagnosis.READ MORE
Tips for Helping Kids With Selective Mutism Go Back to School
If you have a child with selective mutism, it's important to give her as much support as you can as she encounters a new teacher, in an unfamiliar classroom.READ MORE
What should a teacher do if parents aren't concerned about selective mutism?
- Rachel Busman, PsyD
Kids with SM often talk freely at home, so parents might not understand what teachers are seeing in the classroom.READ MORE
Brave Buddies Intensive Treatment for Selective Mutism
Laura Kirmayer tells us all about the Child Mind Institute's program, from why it works to individually tailored interventions to the weeklong group sessionsWATCH MORE
How Shy Is Too Shy? - Raquel Cumba, PhD
Dr. Raquel Cumba discusses how selective mutism is different from shyness, and how the inability to speak is not the same (but can co-occur with) social anxiety disorder.WATCH MORE
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