Frequently Asked Questions About SMView entire FAQ in full
Disclaimer: The information contained herein has been compiled for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional assessment and treatment nor is it intended as a protocol to assist with the unique needs of each child or adolescent with SM that contribute to their symptoms and progress.
- What is Selective Mutism (SM)?
- Are there other associated behaviors or personality traits?
- How can I advocate for my child and make others more aware?
- How common is this problem, to be worthy of our attention?
- How does SM differ from shyness?
- How is a child evaluated for SM?
- How is medication used in the treatment of SM?
- How is Selective Mutism treated?
- Is it important to have my child diagnosed when he/she is young?
- What about adults? What are the long-term effects of SM?
- What are the signs and symptoms of SM?
- What behavioral characteristics does a child with SM portray in social settings?
- What if I just found out my older child/adolescent has SM? Is it too late to get help for him/her?
- What is the prognosis for SM? Will my child overcome this?
- When are most children diagnosed with SM?
- When do I need to seek professional help for my child?
- Why do so few teachers, therapists and physicians understand SM?
- Why does a child develop SM/Etiology?