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Pre-College Programs

Pre-College Programs Some colleges/universities may offer an “Upward Bound” program, which helps young students prepare for higher education. The program provides educational programs to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds and assist low-income, first-generation college students. Students take classes in English, math, and science on college campuses on Saturdays and during the summer. Throughout … Continue reading

Mutism or Autism?

Mutism or Autism? The Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc. is a national non-profit organization founded in 1991. This summary is intended to be informational and to assist with identifying undiagnosed and misdiagnosed students struggling with Selective Mutism, a misunderstood and socially crippling disorder. Selective Mutism is a Social Anxiety Disorder most commonly found in children and … Continue reading

Life After Selective Mutism

Life After Selective Mutism Recovered Adults Below are a few paragraphs written by our young adults who suffered from Selective Mutism as children. They share briefly how they were able to overcome the disorder and become successful. Where can I even begin? I had always been so frustrated to see myself in a position where … Continue reading

Is Selective Mutism A Speech Disorder?

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

How Did This Rare Disorder Become Known?

How Did This Rare Disorder Become Known? The Selective Mutism Foundation (1991) was the major source in bringing this disorder to the forefront. As most health care professionals had never heard of Elective Mutism (renamed to Selective Mutism 1994) nor treated the disorder, treatment was based on medical journals dating back to the 1960’s. The … Continue reading

Helping A Child With Selective Mutism

HELPING A CHILD WITH SELECTIVE MUTISM Sandra Coiffman-Yohros, Psy.D, LMHC North Miami Beach, Florida Advisory Board Member, Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc. Treating children with Selective Mutism can be an arduous and difficult task for teachers, parents, and professionals alike. It is difficult to understand the reasons why a child does not talk in the school … Continue reading