Selective Mutism

Common Name(s)

Selective Mutism, Elective Mutism

Selective mutism usually happens during childhood. A child with selective mutism does not speak in certain situations, like at school, but speaks at other times, like at home or with friends. Selective mutism often starts before a child is 5 years old. It is usually first noticed when the child starts school. Children with selective mutism may also show anxiety disorders, excessive shyness, fear of social embarrassment, and social isolation and withdrawal.

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Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc.

Our mission is to assist diagnose, treat, cure, and support and prevent isolation for individuals/families and professionals struggling with Selective Mutism. Selective Mutism is a debilitating condition, characterized by a persistent failure to speak in select settings despite the ability to speak normally. We are the pioneers of increasing the knowledge of the disorder, initiating DSM revisions, providing participants for research studies, and for developing and implementing intervention plans in educational establishments.

Last Updated: 2 Apr 2013

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Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc.

Our mission is to assist diagnose, treat, cure, and support and prevent isolation for individuals/families and professionals struggling with Selective Mutism. Selective Mutism is a debilitating condition, characterized by a persistent failure to speak in select settings despite the ability to speak normally. We are the pioneers of increasing the knowledge of the disorder, initiating DSM revisions, providing participants for research studies, and for developing and implementing intervention plans in educational establishments.

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Last Updated: 2 Apr 2013

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The terms "Selective Mutism" returned 11 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Comparison of behavioral profiles for anxiety-related comorbidities including ADHD and selective mutism in children.
 

Author(s): Tal Levin-Decanini, Sucheta D Connolly, David Simpson, Liza Suarez, Suma Jacob

Journal: Depress Anxiety. 2013 Sep;30(9):857-64.

 

Elucidating differences in social-behavioral profiles of children with comorbid presentations, utilizing caregiver as well as teacher reports, will refine our understanding of how contextual symptoms vary across anxiety-related disorders.

Last Updated: 4 Sep 2013

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Application of a web-based cognitive-behavioural therapy programme for the treatment of selective mutism in Singapore: a case series study.
 

Author(s): Yoon Phaik Ooi, Malini Raja, Sharon Cohan Sung, Daniel S S Fung, Jessie B K Koh

Journal: Singapore Med J. 2012 Jul;53(7):446-50.

 

Selective mutism (SM) is characterised by limited or a lack of speech in selected social settings. Recent reviews suggest that cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is an effective and promising treatment approach for SM. However, there is still a lack of studies documenting the applicability ...

Last Updated: 20 Jul 2012

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Behavioral intervention to treat selective mutism across multiple social situations and community settings.
 

Author(s): Russell Lang, April Regester, Austin Mulloy, Mandy Rispoli, Amanda Botout

Journal: J Appl Behav Anal. 2011 ;44(3):623-8.

 

We evaluated a behavioral intervention for a 9-year-old girl with selective mutism. The intervention consisted of role play and video self-modeling. The frequency of spoken initiations, responses to questions, and communication breakdowns was measured during three social situations ...

Last Updated: 23 Sep 2011

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The terms "Selective Mutism" returned 2 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

SSRIs in a case of selective mutism.
 

Author(s): Katharina Manassis, David Avery

Journal: J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2013 Jan;38(1):E1-2.

 

Last Updated: 19 Dec 2012

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Selective mutism: a review of the concept and treatment.
 

Author(s): Itai Berger, Solomon Jaworowski, Varda Gross-Tsur

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2002 Dec;4(12):1135-7.

 

Last Updated: 8 Jan 2003

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Brief Behavioral Treatment for Anxiety in Young Children
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Obsessive-compulsive Disorder; Social Phobia; Generalized Anxiety Disorder; Specific Phobia; Separation Anxiety Disorder; Selective Mutism; Anxiety Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified

 

Last Updated: 15 Sep 2014

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