Selective Mutism

Selective Mutism Treatment

Once you have a proper diagnosis for your child of selective mutism, it is really important to get your child as much help as soon as possible. If you do not start seeking help while your child is still quite young, it is very possible that his condition will grow even worse. As a parent, this is obviously something that you do not want to see happen to your child. So, what kinds of treatments are available for treating selective mutism?

Stimulus Fading

This is a technique whereby the patient is taken into a controlled environment with someone whom they trust and thus with whom they can easily communicate. Gradually another person is introduced into this 'safe' environment through the course of several small steps that are done over the course of time. This is known as a 'sliding-in' technique. Usually this technique takes a relatively long time just for the first 2 people to be brought into the environment. Nevertheless, through this technique the patient learns to be able to communicate within a small group setting.

Desensitization

With this technique someone who suffers from selective mutism is allowed to communicate via indirect means such as email, instant messaging or online chat. This is meant to help them become mentally prepared to take the next step, which is communicating verbally.

Drug Treatments

Antidepressants such as Prozac (fluoxetine) may be used to decrease the child's anxiety level so that therapy can be sped up. In such cases this medication is only used for between 9 to 12 months before being discontinued. During this time the child should be able to learn the skills that are necessary to help him cope with his anxiety and thus become more comfortable within social settings. Usually this type of selective mutism treatment is used primarily with older children and teenagers due to the risk factors that are associated with medications such as these. It is also important to understand that by no means should medication ever be considered the entire treatment for selective mutism.

Now that you have both a proper diagnosis and an understanding of the various types of treatments that are available for your child, it is now time for you to speak to your child's pediatrician and start seeking the proper type of treatment for him so that he can stop suffering from this disorder. Plus, by seeking treatment you are also increasing your child's likelihood of healing and overcoming this disorder.

Selective Mutism Causes

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