Selective Mutism is a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a childâ€™s inability to speak in select social settings, such as school. These children are able to talk normally in settings where they are comfortable, secure and relaxed.
Over 90% of children with Selective Mutism also have social phobia or social anxiety. This disorder is quite debilitating and painful to the child.
Children and adolescents with Selective Mutism have an actual FEAR of speaking and social interactions where there is an expectation to talk.
They often stand motionless with fear as they are confronted with specific social settings. This can be quite heart wrenching to watch. These children are so anxious they literally freeze, are expressionless, unemotional and often, socially isolated.
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