Child Mind Institute’s Dr. Harold Koplewicz asks Dr. Steven Kurtz common questions about selective mutism. For more information about Child Mind Institute, visit their website.
Selective Mutism rates are growing; currently we estimate that 1 out of every 140 children meet diagnostic criteria for selective mutism. Below are some questions that ask about common signs of selective mutism:
- Does your child cling to you excessively in public settings?
- Does your child dread school the morning of or the night before?
- Does your child have excessive and lengthy tantrums after school or after a social activity?
- Does your child avoid eye contact, look down, or look away to avoid social interaction?
- Does your child appear frozen, stuck, or unsure when in a social or public activity?
- Do you find yourself making excuses for your child’s behavior?
- Do you feel increased discomfort when others try to engage your child?
- Does your child look to you to respond to people who try to engage him/her, and/or do you feel the need to respond on behalf of your child?
- Does your child avoid play dates, parties, recess?
- Do you avoid arranging play dates for your child for fear of making him/her more uncomfortable, or because you would be uncomfortable with how the play date may go?
- Do you find that you’re explaining to the teacher how to interact with your child, to increase his/her participation, more so than the typical parent?
- Does the teacher tell you that your child does not respond when spoken to?
- Does your child talk at home?
- Does your child become unusually quiet upon leaving the house?
- Does your child’s teacher say he/she’s grunting or making noises to communicate, but not talking?
- When other kids at school see you, do they ask you why your child doesn’t talk?
- Does your child find it hard to talk to others in public in front of you?
- At a party, activity, or other outing, does your child look scared, frozen, or disinterested, but later tell you he/she was having a good time and wants to do the activity again?
If you said yes to any of these, your child may benefit from an evaluation.
The good news is that SM IS TREATABLE. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the longer it will take for your child to recover. Catch it early, treat it fast. Call 630-230-6505 to schedule an evaluation.
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FEATURED SELECTIVE MUTISM LINKS
- *Child Mind Institute of NY
- *Hear Our Voices, Young Adults Who Have Overcome SM, Child Mind Institute of NY
- *School Advocacy for Your Child with Selective Mutism, Presentation by Child Mind Institute's Susan Schwartz
- *Selective Mutism Anxiety Research and Treatment Center
- *Selective Mutism Group
- *Summer Plans for Children with SM, Presentation by Dr. Steven Kurtz, Child Mind Institute of NY
- *The Role of Medication in the Treatment of Selective Mutism, Presentation by Dr. Boorady, Child Mind Institute of NY
- *Video of Selective Mutism, ABC News
- *Books about Selective Mutism for Children and Adults
- *Free Selective Mutism e-Learning Website