Coexisting Disorders in Children With Selective Mutism

This webinar is part of the Selective Mutism Parent and Educator Series. Visit Parent and Educator Workshops on Selective Mutism to register for upcoming events and view archived workshops.

Children with a selective mutism (SM) diagnosis are at increased risk of experiencing additional cognitive, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Michelle Kaplan, LCSW social workers in the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute, will discuss effective methods to evaluate SM and differentiate symptoms that may indicate a coexisting disorder such as another anxiety disorder, ADHD, or a disruptive behavior disorder. They will review the current literature on coexisting disorders in children with selective mutism as well as patterns observed within the Child Mind Institute's Selective Mutism Service. The challenges and complexities of SM's symptom presentation will be discussed, as well as unfortunate myths and misunderstandings of SM that exist in the field. The workshop will specifically discuss how to differentiate between disruptive behaviors that are oppositional and those that are anxious, and how to respond effectively to each.

Past Event

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST

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Michelle S. Kaplan, LCSW
Michelle Kaplan, LCSW

Director, Summer Program; Licensed Clinical Social Worker, School and Community Programs; Licensed Clinical Social Worker, ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute