Selective mutism (SM) is an extremely rare condition in which a child or adolescent is unable to communicate for at least a month. This shows up in certain settings, especially school while they are able to communicate in other settings such as at home. Selective mutism is not a communication disorder because SM is restricted to a specific social situation and have an established capacity to speak in another social situation. Many children outgrow SM but an anxiety disorder commonly remains.
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Hua, A., & Major, N. (2016). Selective mutism. Current opinion in pediatrics, 28(1), 114-120.
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We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.