Are you a parent of a child who has selective mutism? Maybe you're a teacher or a family member of a child who has selective mutism?
We invite you to join the Charlotte selective mutism support group!
We are a formal group of parents, caregivers and teachers who have experienced selective mutism first-hand through the children in our lives.
In quarterly meetings, we bring parents together for support and informational purposes as we share our journey with children who have selective mutism. To find out when the next support group meeting will be, please go to the "Calendar" page or "Contact Us" page to contact our support group.
According to the Selective Mutsim Foundation, "selective mutism is a psychiatric disorder most commonly found in children, characterized by a persistent failure to speak in select settings that persists for more than one month. These children understand spoken languages and have the ability to speak normallhy. "In typical cases, they speak to their parents and a few selected others. Most are unable to speak in school and other major social situations."
There is no clear cut answer to what causes selective mutism but according to the Selective Mutism Foundation, "through published studies, selective mutism appears to be related to severe anxiety, shyness and social anxiety."
Shyness is actually a normal personality trait where a person voluntarily withdraws from others, particularly unfamiliar people. Everyone has some degree of shyness.
According to SelectiveMutism.org, "shyness is not a psychiatric disorder, like SM. People who are shy are able to function adequately in society. People with physchiatric disorders such as SM do not adapt well to social situations nor are they able to communicate effectively with others."