Selective Mutism

Children with Selective Mutism fail to speak in certain select situations outside of their home. These children are able to comprehend spoken language. Usually, children with selective mutism speak normally at home or with certain individuals but they evidence a persistent failure to speak outside of the home, for example, at school, restaurants, and stores. The failure to speak most often occurs in the presence of same-aged peers, teachers, relatives outside of the immediate family, and unfamiliar persons. Selective mutism interferes with school functioning and friendships, and results in significant stress and upset within the family. Selective mutism is often associated with excessive shyness or social anxiety.

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The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) provides evidence-based treatments for all of the anxiety disorders that can afflict children, including: