Selective Mutism (SM) Basics

Guides

SM: Risk For Other Disorders

Children with selective mutism tend to have a history of being socially very inhibited, and are also diagnosed with other anxiety disorders like social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. Some kids with SM may appear to be oppositional when they’re pressured to speak. Children with SM may also suffer from mood disorders as well as learning disorders; those conditions should be addressed along with SM in the child’s treatment plan.