What Is Selective Mutism?

What is Selective Mutism?

Selective Mutism is a mental disorder, which is a clinical syndrome characterized by child’s “rejection” of speech in certain situations where speech and communication are required such as school.


  • Selective Mutism occurs in children who are genetically predisposed to be anxious, which means in their family anxiety is a genetic disease.
  • Children with Selective Mutism may be affected by inhibited temperaments.
  • Sensory Processing Disorder (DSI) is also responsible for children suffered from Selective Mutism. In another word, they have a trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.
  • Some children with Selective Mutism have speech or language impairment.
  • It’s believed that the cause of Selective Mutism is linked to mental retardation.

In any case though, if you find your kid have an underlying issue going on, please go see a doctor for professional help.


Key words: Selective Mutism; mental disorder; anxious; inhibited temperaments; Sensory Processing Disorder (DSI); speech or language impairment; mental retardation.

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