About Us

Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc. is the Voice of Experience.
An ethical, non-profit, public service organization since 1991.
This website is presented to broaden public awareness and understanding of Selective Mutism. Selective Mutism is a childhood anxiety disorder with a persistent FAILURE (not refusal) TO SPEAK in select social settings.



What is Selective Mutism?

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder characterized by not speaking outside the home to select individuals or in select settings, which continues for more than 1 month. Most commonly found in children, they understand spoken language.
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Is Selective Mutism a Speech Disorder?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV and DSM IV-TR) under Selective Mutism Diagnostic Features and Differential Diagnosis, clearly indicate that Selective Mutism should be distinguished from speech impairments, and that Selective Mutism should be diagnosed if the child’s failure to speak is not considered language impairment.
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Advocating For Your Child

Most parents wish they could see into the future to know what lies ahead for their child so they can make the best choices and decisions when coping with Selective Mutism.
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What is the DSM? Why is it important?

The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM (I) was first published in 1952 as an effort to provide descriptive diagnostic categories to serve as a useful guide for clinicians in diagnosing mental disorders.¬† The manual was updated throughout the years…
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Life After SM – Recovered Adults

” I suffered with Selective Mutism all my life. Now, I finally got out of my shell and I am speaking to people. I had a few jobs in the past that I never had before when I was in high school. It was hard to get a job but I did it. I just went to interviews and spoke up to the manager and told him I was a great worker…”
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