Editor’s Note: Thank You, Vera Joffe, PdD for this link!
[Source: NIH via Vera Joffe]
Recently, the first prospective follow-up study conducted 1 year after the end of a cognitive behavioral treatment for children with SM was published (Oerbeck et al., 2015). Authors found that children who are treated in a younger age are more likely to show 100% success, i.e., they are more likely to not qualify for the diagnosis of Selective Mutism one year later: 78% of younger children (3 to 5 years old) did not qualify for the diagnosis of SM one year later at follow up, as compared to 33% older children (6–9 years of age) who did not qualify for the diagnosis.
The study also reported that some children still qualified for a diagnosis of Selective Mutism. They also stated that the severity of the symptoms affected the outcome of treatment and the symptoms one year later.