Children with SM are often mistaken for other things, and parents who first encounter it may believe some misconceptions. Being a public service organization in Florida advocating for selective mutism, we give you the common misconceptions some people (or maybe even you) may have about SM:
- Selective Mutism is not a form of oppositional behavior.
Often, selective mutism is perceived as oppositional behavior as the child might seem to refuse to answer questions. But in reality, they are extremely anxious and experience SM as an inability to respond even if they want to.
- Selective Mutism is not a form of autism.
Although people mistake selective mutism and autism for each other because of their similarities in struggles with socialization, they are not the same as children with SM can pick up on nonverbal cues and emotional subtleties. Children with SM have typical social skills when they are with their family members.
- Selective Mutism does not always mean a child has experienced trauma.
This is a common misconception. Although some children may become mute due to a traumatic experience, usually these children avoid talking about aspects of the trauma itself rather than becoming completely silent.
ould you like to know more about selective mutism? Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization in Tamarac, Florida, can help you get the resources and support you need to know more about selective mutism and overcome the struggles that come with the condition.