Researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) study many topics, such as Selective Mutism and Social Anxiety Disorder. One way of examining the relationship between these disorders includes using physiological measures to compare general arousal. In doing so, this study will help us understand why children with Selective Mutism do not speak outside of the home environment. To do this we need the help of people who agree to take part in a research study. If your child is between the ages of 7 and 10, you and your child are invited to take part in this research study.
What you and your child will be asked to do in the study: In this study, you and your child will be asked to participate in a formal clinical interview to assess your child’s social, emotional, and behavioral functioning in different situations. If your child meets criteria for Selective Mutism or Social Anxiety Disorder, s/he will participate in three reading tasks lasting 10 minutes each. While doing so, physiological data examining heart rate, respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), electrodermal activity (sweat), and throat muscle tension will be collected by placing non-invasive electrodes (circular adhesives, similar to Band-Aids) on your child. Throughout the interactions, your child may stop at any time and will not lose any benefits. Participation in this study will result in receiving a $10 gift card. Additionally, you and your child will be offered treatment at no-cost. Treatment will vary depending on the family’s needs so please feel free to contact An for additional information at An.Le@knights.ucf.edu or 407-823-3710.