Selective Mutism Interventions: What Works?

Author(s): Kim Dieu

Selective Mutism, like many disabilities, is often misunderstood in the educational setting. Due to a lack of understanding, educators have mislabeled children who struggle with Selective Mutism as “stubborn.” Despite this, research shows us that Selective Mutism is not due to “stubbornness,” but is more related to challenges with anxiety. This paper provides a personal reflection on the topic of Selective Mutism, both in practice and the literature, examines the impacts of six Selective Mutism interventions, and discusses overall effective interventions.

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