Selective Mutism

2 October, 2013
Selective mutism (formerly known as elective 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.

What are some signs or symptoms of selective mutism?

Symptoms are as follows:

Children with selective mutism may also show:

A child with selective mutism should be seen by a speech-language pathologist (SLP), in addition to a paediatrician and a psychologist or psychiatrist. These professionals will work as a team with teachers, family, and your child.”

What we do…

The assessment process is very important and includes:
The educational history review seeks information on:
The hearing screening seeks information on:
The oral-motor examination seeks information on:
The parent/caregiver interview seeks information on:
The speech and language evaluation seeks information on:
Once assessment is complete our speech and language Pathologist will 
offer intervention.  This may be a combination of strategies including;
A behavioral treatment program may include the following:
For specific speech and language problems our therapist can:
Working with the child’s teachers includes:

What you can do….

Working with your child, our therapist, and teachers to generalise learned communication behaviours into other speaking situations is essential for the success of intervention.
By Debbie Evans

Executive Director

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