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Often, research raises ethical concerns, especially when humans or animals are involved. For years, we have debated the parameters of ethics and …

Children with SM are often mistaken for other things, and parents who first encounter it may believe some misconceptions. Being a public …

Children with selective mutism do not initiate or respond when spoken to by others in a social setting because of their anxiety. …

Selective Mutism (SM) is usually associated with children because the symptoms usually start to manifest among this age group. However, little is …

Selective mutism is a complex and rare anxiety disorder that affects a person’s ability to speak in specific social situations. Usually developed …

Selective mutism is characterized as a severe anxiety disorder wherein an individual that is normally capable of speech is unable to talk …

Helping as many people as we can to support a child with selective mutism and/or social anxiety amid quarantine, and the closure …

Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc. understands that during this pandemic, as parents, you struggle to balance work, child care, and self-care while keeping …

Kids need to start developing their social skills early in life. With excellent communication, negotiation, and other social skills, they’ll be able …

It’s a real struggle to have a lot of great ideas inside your head, but you’re unable to express them. This is …

It is normal for a child to feel shy when going to school for the first time. However, if a long time …

School can be difficult and challenging for kids with selective mutism. Parents can help make sure that their children are comfortable at …

Selective mutism is considered a rare childhood disorder characterized by failure to speak in social settings even though the child is capable …

How Teachers Can Help Children with Selective Mutism Thrive in School

Parents and teachers can work together in helping children with selective mutism fight their fears and anxiety. If you are a teacher …

My daughter is now 30 years old and still has this condition so it’s not just children! While raising her, the schools …

What is the DSM (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)? Why is it Important to You?   WHAT IS THE DSM? …

Most high schools encourage students to do volunteer work. This is an excellent opportunity for the Selectively Mute teen to gain self-confidence. …

Teacher Talk Teachers should stop all criticism when working with a Selectively Mute child. This includes verbally and writing on the child’s …

An article written for the Tampa Tribune by Donna Koehn TEACHERS SKILLS HELP KIDS OVERCOME SHYNESS Most researchers agree that a good …

Some children make excellent progress throughout the school year only to regress during the summer months. Summer camp is an excellent way …

All too often, children experiencing Selective Mutism are evaluated and placed into special education programs in public schools. It is assumed by …

Selective Mutism Lagging Behind in Research The SMF, Inc. provided research participants for the FIRST 2 largest scale legitimately published studies on …

School Blues The new school year brings new beginnings for a lot of parents and their children as they are filled with …

Pre-College Programs Some colleges/universities may offer an “Upward Bound” program, which helps young students prepare for higher education. The program provides educational …

Mutism or Autism? The Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc. is a national non-profit organization founded in 1991. This summary is intended to be …

Life After Selective Mutism Recovered Adults Below are a few paragraphs written by our young adults who suffered from Selective Mutism as …

Is Selective Mutism a Speech Disorder? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV, DSM IV-TR, and DSM V) under …

How Did This Rare Disorder Become Known? The Selective Mutism Foundation (1991) was the major source in bringing this disorder to the …

HELPING A CHILD WITH SELECTIVE MUTISM Sandra Coiffman-Yohros, Psy.D, LMHC North Miami Beach, Florida Advisory Board Member, Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc. Treating …

What are some of the associated features of Selective Mutism? Associated behaviors may include no eye contact, no facial expression, immobility, or …