Selective Mutism is a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s inability to speak and communicate effectively. The major cause of Selective Mutism is because the child has inherited a tendency to be anxious from one or more of the family members. Some of the common signs of Selective Mutism include chest pain, shortness of breath, scared feelings, eating issues, and nervous feelings, among others.
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?
The treatment of Selective Mutism is mostly psychological to. Such kids are gradually encouraged to interact more with peers and classmates. Helps from school teachers and friends is also so sought to create a supportive and loving environment for such students.
DID YOU KNOW?
More than 90 per cent of children suffering from Selective Mutism have social anxiety.