Features of Selective Mutism

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ASSOCIATED FEATURES OF SELECTIVE MUTISM?

Associated behaviors may include no eye contact, no facial expression, immobility, or nervous fidgeting when confronted with
general expectations in social situations. These symptoms do not indicate willfulness, but rather an attempt to control rising
anxiety.

Some may withdraw by pulling back when approached or touched and exhibit different forms of body language. In many cases the
body language has been misinterpreted as abuse, however, we have found that these behaviors stem from anxiety. Based on
responses to the Foundation, We suspect that some may have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Tourette syndrome type
symptoms, and a variety of phobias as well.