I recently wrote an article on Selective Mutism for goodtherapy.org. As a goodtherapy topic expert in anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders, I try to provide information that will support individuals and families who struggle with these frustrating (yet highly treatable!) disorders. This most recent article details how parents can alter their behaviour to increase the likelihood that their selectively mute child will speak (or at least experience a lower level of distress in social situations). Of course, nothing is a substitute for a proper psychological assessment and evidence-based treatment, but hopefully this article can act as a starting point for those still seeking the services they need.

Dos and Don’ts for Parents of Children with Selective Mutism

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