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Selective Mutism

Alternate Names : Elective Mutism

Selective Mutism | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

Symptoms of selective mutism include:

  • refusing to talk in one or more social situations, including school
  • a speech disturbance that interferes with achievement in work or school when the condition lasts at least 1 month or more
  • Selective mutism does NOT appear to be related to:

  • lack of familiarity with the spoken language
  • degree of comfort with speaking in social situation
  • communication disorders, such as stuttering or aphasia
  • pervasive developmental delay, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or other psychotic disorder or attention deficit disorder

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    Selective Mutism: Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors


    Selective Mutism: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Ann Reyes, Ph.D.
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/12/01

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