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
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