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Selective Mutism

Alternate Names : Elective Mutism

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

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment for selective mutism may include cognitive-behavioral therapy. In behavioral treatment or therapy a person can work through situations that may cause selective mutism. Family therapy may also help the family resolve issues that may contribute to selective mutism. Therapy also offers support for those experiencing selective mutism. Medications for anxiety or social phobias may be given.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Some medications may cause drowsiness, sleep disorders, irritability, and stomach upset.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Normal oral speech generally returns in a short time. The person may require further psychological or psychiatric care for any other conditions that are present.

How is the condition monitored?

Progress in speech therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy will assist in monitoring selective mutism. Oral speech progress in a variety of settings will also help in monitoring selective mutism. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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

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