What are some of the associated features of Selective Mutism?

therapist handling crayons to the childAssociated 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.