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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 … Continue reading

Common Myths

E. Steven Dummit, III , MD Former Advisory Board Member, Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc. In the course of my experience evaluating and treating children with Selective Mutism, both in research and clinical practice, the following concepts have evolved in my thinking as the answers to questions that I have often been asked, both by the … Continue reading

College Programs

College Programs College can be challenging for any young person. However, for those experiencing Selective Mutism, it can be extremely stressful. The simple act of attending college is indicative of tremendous courage and growth for those with Selective Mutism. Many people may be limited in what they can achieve in their lives because their shyness … Continue reading

Autism: Wrong Diagnosis?

WRONG DIAGNOSIS = WRONG TREATMENT = DAMAGING RESULTS! WE ARE OFTEN IMITATED SO WE ANTICIPATE THAT THIS INFORMATION WILL SPREAD AND ASSIST IN PREVENTING THE WRONG DIAGNOSIS/TREATMENT AND STOP DAMAGING LIVES!! THERE ARE STILL NUMEROUS PROFESSIONALS AND FAMILIES WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF SELECTIVE MUTISM. DUE TO THIS FACT, THERE ARE STILL NUMEROUS PROFESSIONALS AND … Continue reading

Advocating For Your Child

Most parents wish they could see into the future to know what lies ahead for their child so they can make the best choices and decisions when coping with Selective Mutism. One of the most important things parents can do is to be assertive and effective advocates for their child’s needs. For those just beginning … Continue reading