Accompanying Conditions  Selective Mutism

Selective, or elective, mutism is a disorder of childhood that is characterized by the total lack of speech in at least one situation, despite the ability to speak in other settings. It is usually first noticed when the child enters school. Specific features of this disorder are described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as follows:

"Selective mutism is a rare disorder that is said to affect less than 1% of school-aged children. It is slightly more common in girls than in boys."


ASHA Factsheet

Selective Mutism Group

Social Anxiety Network

Family Village

The Silence Within


Helping Your Child With Selective Mutism: Steps to Overcome a Fear of Speaking

Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism: Steps to Overcome the Fear of Speaking

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