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Old 02-16-2011, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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What is selective mutism ??? Is there a complete cure for it?
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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It is similar to shyness right? My friend's 7 year old brother seems to have this problem. He keeps quiet in situation whereby there are many people around him. Be it strangers or relatives. Is there any way to help him? Is this shyness or selective mutism ?
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i think there are many books avalible for parents to help there child if they have this.. look on amazon.
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Is it natural for children these days to have selective mutism ? Or is it caused by some other factors such as the way their parents do stuff?
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It is similar to shyness right? My friend's 7 year old brother seems to have this problem. He keeps quiet in situation whereby there are many people around him. Be it strangers or relatives. Is there any way to help him? Is this shyness or selective mutism ?
Someone with selective mutism will probably have a blank face on when hes socially uncomfortable. If someone hes uncomfortable with tries to talk to him or asks him questions he will not respond and may not even acknowledge that person presence. Its kind of what their body does to keep itself from panicing or getting anxiety. Defense mechanism.
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What is selective mutism ??? Is there a complete cure for it?
basically its just a symptom of social anxiety just like avoidance is a symptom of social anxiety. if you feel anxious then it makes a lot of people want to avoid what they fear. and if you fell anxious it can make some people have difficulty actually opening their mouth and saying something
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Oh, wow. I definitely have selective mutism. The description is scarily accurate for me. The bit about sufferers being especially sensitive/empathetic/intuitive is so true. I can always tell when something is wrong with someone, even if they're masking it.
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Is it natural for children these days to have selective mutism ? Or is it caused by some other factors such as the way their parents do stuff?
Kids who have it ussually come from families with history of SA. They are born with it. Life experiences can make it easier or harder to deal with but you wont just develop SM from getting spanked by your parents or something. It is best to try to help it when the person is still a kid because if you dont it will become more and more habitual.
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Well i had selective mutism until my early 20s and im 43 now and still suffer with severe social anxiety. Of course there are still groups of people i still avoid even though i can feel isolated at times.
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My DD has selective mutism. She was diagnosed at 4. We realized there was something wrong (other than shyness) when she went to 3k (school and teachers she LOVED) and never was able to speak one word the entire year. She started therapy a month before 4K and is not progressing yet. She has not spoken at school. She also will not speak to grandparents, other kids, aunts, uncles, cousins etc. Only immediate family. She also has trouble with even making eye contact with others and will not speak with me when others are within earshot.

It's more than just clamming up in social situations, it's debilitating. She cannot ask to go to the bathroom at school, she is not able to say she is hungry, sick, thirsty etc... She will not use sign language, cue cards or make eye contact. Luckily she is only at school for two hours. I am petrified of what is going to happen next year (full days). She will prob. end up peeing herself before going to the bathroom and she will not eat due fear the lunch room. yikes!!
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I had selective mutism when I was a kid. It's basically when you aren't social with certain people, but social with others. For example, I would be talkative with my family, but shyer at school. I think the selective mutism led to my social anxiety.
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I have and always did have it pretty much, ever since I was a small kid it's been very hard for me to talk to people... In school I refused to talk to almost everyone, even some teachers. All the way up til 9th grade when I dropped out...

It's almost as if I have/had a phobia of talking or something.
I'm scared of it.
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