Helping Children with Selective Mutism and Their Parents


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A Guide for School-Based Professionals

by Christopher Kearney, Ph.D.

Selective mutism, or refusal or unwillingness to speak in certain situations or settings, poses a particular challenge to educators and other school-based professionals. In many cases, school personnel are on the front lines of assessment and treatment for these children and must help them succeed in an academic setting. This can be difficult considering that many school-based professionals are pressed for time and resources.