What is Selective Mutism?

Selective Mutism is a condition where children will only speak with trusted family members, or sometimes refuse to speak at all. Selective mutism is a childhood presentation of social anxiety. Children who feel anxiety around others will often choose to remain silent, avoid eye contact, and generally withdraw from others to relieve their anxiety. They will often be outgoing and carefree when playing alone or with a few trusted close individuals.

Treatment for Selective Mutism is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). A CBT therapy plan will often focus on helping children challenge themselves to open up in increasingly unknown social situations, with rewards for them challenging their anxiety. 

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