Is your child able to speak normally at home but unable to speak in school or community settings? Your child may be suffering from selective mutism and can benefit from treatment.
Selective mutism is most common in children under age five. The cause or causes are unknown.
Most experts believe that children with the condition inherit a tendency to be anxious and inhibited. Most children with selective mutism have some form of social anxiety disorder.
Some children with selective mutism have a family history of selective mutism, extreme shyness, or anxiety disorders, which may increase their risk for similar problems.
Get help for selective mutism
Dr. Lish is experienced in helping children expand their comfort zone and overcome the fears that prevent them from being the active, engaged children that they have the potential to be.
In therapy, Dr. Lish will accompany your child through exposure to different locations and environments while learning to safely communicate and explore the word.
Therapy with Dr. Lish is known to be a fun and rewarding experience for children, and siblings often join the child in therapy with Dr. Lish for planned therapeutic excursions.