Our Mission

Our mission, is to promote further research, advocacy, social acceptance, and the understanding of Selective Mutism as a debilitating disorder.

Through networking, educating the public, and ongoing research participation, we have contributed immensely to society, including effecting DSM criteria and renaming of the disorder.

We continue to focus on Selective Mutism, exclusively, and remain steadfast with our goals and in providing assistance in the most cost effective manner possible. We are not motivated by monetary gain, but rather by the silent cries for help from the children. We are particularly grateful to so many of you who contact us or send letters of gratitude acknowledging our sincerity.

We are proud to have been the ones that have pulled Selective Mutism out of the dregs of neglect, misconceptions, and negativity and elevated it into the limelight. We are proud to have given Selective Mutism a home among other recognized disorders, and dignifying it with credibility, integrity and attention. More importantly, we are proud of the countless people we help. Through them we developed the greatest wealth of all, an abundance of inner strength, motivation, patience and perseverance against all obstacles.

In recent years, the Internet and texting has advanced from a luxury to a necessity. The Internet is un-equivalent to any other means of mass communication, yet it is these forms of communication that are a detriment to our population as it inadvertently suppresses verbalization.

And so, through our site we invite you to utilize our information, experience, and support, as your tool to empower yourselves. We are here to advocate for and bring about acceptance, verbal and social interaction, community inclusion, integration, and productivity for our unique population.

Together we continue to make a difference!

Sue Newman-Mercado