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Suggestions for How To Help a Child with Selective Mutism “Open Up”

By: Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum
President and Director Selective Mutism Anxiety Research and Treatment Center (SMart-Center)
Founder and Director Emeritus Selective Mutism Group Childhood Anxiety Network (SMG~ CAN)
Director Selective Mutism Research Institute (SMRI)
Clinical Assistant Professor Family Medicine and Psychology PCOM

"Children with Selective Mutism are notorious for their inability to ‘express’ their feelings and thoughts. As a result, many of our children tend to deny or ignore their mutism, which causes worsening anxiety. Avoidant behavior is classic in children with SM. Not only do they AVOID social situations where verbalization is expected, they also often avoid acknowledging that their mutism even exists!"

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Featured Organization: Selective Mutism Anxiety Research & Treatment Center

We thank Selective Mutism Anxiety Research & Treatment Center for allowing PediaStaff to link to their article. The SMart Center is a comprehensive treatment and research Center focused exclusively on the anxiety disorder, Selective Mutism in young children and teenagers. The center is directed by Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum. Visit their website at Selective Mutism Anxiety Research & Treatment Center

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