I haven't worked with children with selective mutism. The closest I've come is to work with adults who had periodic mutism childhood. With adults, I mean, the few cases I've seen, the mutism was related to a child ego state that was traumatized in some way, and once the trauma was resolved, the symptoms remitted. EMDR was helpful. I hope a child EMDR practitioner will talk about this. For novices, here is the definition of selective mutism in children.
1. Child does not speak in certain places such as school or other social events?
2. He or she can speak normally in other settings such as at home or in places where he/she is comfortable and relaxed?
3. Child's inability to speak interferes with his or her ability to function in educational and/or social settings?
4. Mutism has persisted for at least one month?
5. Mutism is not part of a communication disorder and does not occur with any other mental conditions, such as pervasive developmental disorders, autism, Asperger's syndrome, schizophrenia, etc.
I hope a child EMDR practitioner will talk about this.
For novices, here is the definition of selective mutism in children.
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