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Children with Selective Mutism can often be talkative in the privacy of their homes but will have difficulty or inability to speak at all in school and other social situations. Though these children might appear willful, they are actually self-conscious and experience it as an inability to speak. This disorder tends to also be comorbid with social phobia. Often difficulties with selective mutism can be seen at an early age and begins in preschool.

The Child Anxiety Center at EBTCS helps children with Selective Mutism overcome their symptoms through evidence based behavioral interventions. We learn about children’s history, development, and symptoms and develop treatment plans to help children begin talking more freely again. The treatment is often very gradual and it is often necessary to work closely with school personnel as well as parents.




Book Resources for selective mutism include:

  • Helping Your Child Selective Mutism: Practical Steps to Overcome a Fear of Speaking
    • by Angela E. McHolm Ph.D., Charles E. Cunningham Ph.D. & Melanie K. Vanie
  • Too Shy for Show and Tell
    • by Beth Bracken & Jennifer Bell
  • Understanding Katie
    • by Elisa Shipon-Blum
  • Maya’s Voice
    • by Wen-Wen Chang