The term Selective Mutism is used for defining a complex kind of childhood disorder that is more psychological in nature and the child is unable to define and speak properly. Basically these children are able to speak in settings where they are relaxed or comfortable, but choose to be quite in other areas. Such kids would have social phobia, anxiety and also panic issues of social interaction.
HOW IS SELECTIVE MUTISM DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Selective Mutism is done by a psychiatrist by observing the child’s behavioural patterns and also doing some clinical tests.
HOW IS SELECTIVE MUTISM TREATED?
Behavioral therapy and counseling is the most commonly followed treatment by psychiatrists for Selective Mutism. It is important for the child’s family to participate in the therapy for more effective treatment. Certain phobia and anxiety treatment drugs are also given in some cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
Selective mutism affects about 0.8% people at some point in their life.