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Lynn was told that her clingy, selectively mute six-year-old daughter, who had been selectively mute for over three years, “would grow out of it”. After parenting therapy via telephone “it’s a whole new world”.
Dad said their 7 year old is “100%” cured. Mom said “99%”.
Processing with SM 7 year old. Helping the SM child identify thoughts and feelings.
Adolescent Selective Mustim resolved.
Delia describes her son who chose not to speak to her and was non-responsive to everyone at school. Therapy via telephone “broke the glass door” that had her “son trapped behind it”.
“Mike”, a 35-year old with SM and social anxiety describes his “avoidance of talking” because he thought “he had nothing to say” and his process of his healing.
Parents describe the process of how they learned how to be the therapists to heal their SM daughter.
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The Ten Key Points To Know About Selective Mutism
- Selective mutism is a social anxiety disorder characterized by not speaking to specific people or in specific venues. It is a specific variation of obsessive compulsive disorder. “Obsessive” refers to the conscious and non-conscious worrying. “Compulsive” refers to the verbal shutdown. The problem varies in degrees of severity. In addition to children many adolescents and adults are affected.
- The condition is relatively easy to diagnose. If you know that the individual can speak normally but refuses to do so in specific situations, selective mutism is present. To rule out other disorders, however, it is important to assess if "processing" challenges are present.
- Selective mutism is not a speech disorder. Speech therapy and traditional individual therapy for the child are in fact typically non-productive.
- Selective mutism can be considered an “addiction” to the avoidance of speaking, or a phobia of speaking.
- Selective mutism in childhood is an example of social phobia as anxiety has resulted in verbal avoidance in performance scenarios.
- If not addressed and corrected, Selective mutism can cause avoidant and dependent personality disorders. Anxiety worsens with time as it integrates insidiously into the personality.
- Productive treatment is primarily based on a multi-dimensional methodology founded on “empowering” parenting. In most cases, for school interventions to be successful, re-parenting strategies must be in effect at home and working. If not, there is much potential for "fragmentation" of care-giving which worsens the problem.
- The biggest mistake made regarding selective mutism in children is the belief that "the child will grow out of the problem".
- The second biggest mistake is the incorrect use of medication, which typically worsens the problem.
- There are very few therapists anywhere in the world who have demonstrated clinical productivity and expertise for treating this condition.
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