Does your child consistently not speak in specific social situations in which there is an expectation that one speaks (e.g., at school), despite being able to speak in other situations? An individual with selective mutism struggles with social, educational, or occupational communication. It is important to note that the failure to speak is not due to lack of knowledge or comfort with the spoken language. Children with selective mutism often speak in their homes and in the presence of immediate family members, but not in front of close friends of the family or second-degree relatives.
Treatment for selective mutism in Philadelphia:
Dr. Braunstein offers supportive, evidence-based therapy for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, tailored to their specific needs and preferences. Contact Dr. Braunstein to schedule an initial visit at her office in Center City Philadelphia.