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Extreme Shyness as a Sign of Selective Mutism

It is normal for a child to feel shy when going to school for the first time. However, if a long time has passed and your extremely shy child has not talked yet, he or she might have selective mutism. Talk with a doctor about this situation and go to www.selectivemutismfoundation.org for information.

Selective Mutism: Ensuring Your Child’s Comfort in School

School can be difficult and challenging for kids with selective mutism. Parents can help make sure that their children are comfortable at school through the following tips: Inform the teacher about your child’s condition. This way, the teacher can put more focus on your child. Talk with the staff about a 504 plan which your … Continue reading

Common Treatments for Selective Mutism

Selective mutism is considered a rare childhood disorder characterized by failure to speak in social settings even though the child is capable of speaking. Treatment for selective mutism is available, though. They include: Psychodynamic Therapy Behavioral Therapy Family Therapy Medication-based interventions Doctors will have to thoroughly observe and closely monitor the child to determine which … Continue reading

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 handling a child with this condition, here are tips you can use: Do not pressure the child into speaking. Initiate communication through comments. Do not ask questions to connect with the child. Ask … Continue reading

Why Is the DSM Important?

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

Teen Volunteers

Most high schools encourage students to do volunteer work. This is an excellent opportunity for the Selectively Mute teen to gain self-confidence. It’s a great avenue for them to gain valuable skills in a field they may be interested in pursuing later in life. As the teen gets involved in serving in the community, it … Continue reading