Parents Guide: How to Help a Child with Selective Mutism

Guides

Signs of SM

  • Talking freely at home, but becoming completely or mostly nonverbal at school or around strangers
  • Inability to speak even to familiar adults (such as parents) in the presence of others
  • Difficulty talking with peers in school
  • Seeming “shut down” or “paralyzed” in social situations
  • Using gestures, facial expressions and nodding in place of verbal communication