Mom of 18 yr old with Selective Mutism and Avoidance Person
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I'm the mother of an 18 yr old who recently graduated HS. His life is at a stand still now, he doesn't want to get a job or go to college or even get his driver's license. I recently took him to a pyschologist for two sessions (by bribing him) but he didn't speak at all for either session and she didn't seem to know what to do with him. He doesn't want to see anyone else becuase "it won't work". I've bought him books and given him websites to look at but he refuses. He has two friends, but doesn't see them often. I've tried setting timelines for him, but it hasn't worked. Do I set ultimatums? How do I get him to want to get help or get motivated to work on this and to set small goals? He recently expressed interest in piano lessons which I am looking in to. I'm hoping he won't back out of it. Any advice?
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