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Selective Mutism (daughter)

Postby Kami » Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:58 am

We have a 15 year old daughter, in the DFW area. She has selective mutism, generalized anxiety, and depression. She has seen many different doctors(psychologists and psychiatrists) and counselors/therapists, but she seems like she isn't getting better. Her depression and anxiety is getting worse. She does not want to go to school. She talks at home, but not at school. We need some suggestions because we have tried nearly everything. Does anyone know any psychiatrists or therapists that specialize in selective mutism in Fort Worth?
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Reason: Moved to JFF, shadow in Selective Mutism, Subject updated for clarity.
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Re: Selective Mutism (daughter)

Postby realityhere » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:02 am

Hi,

Selective mutism is regarded in parts as a social performance anxiety disorder and an obsessive-compulsive disorder (perfectionism probably has a role in this). I'm presuming your daughter developed this disorder before 5 years of age?

Some children with the disorder sometimes report they perceive their voices as 'funny' sounding and don't wish to be ridiculed publicly. Others have subtle speech impediments or pronunciation problems that turn them shy/quiet in school. Some children develop selective mutism as a part of Sensory Processing Disorder, a neuro-developmental disorder.

Have you looked up ASHA, (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association), to find a SLP (Speech Language Pathologist) or SMA, (Selective Mutism Association), for a therapist specializing in the adolescent phase of the disorder? SMA has tips on how to find a qualified professional in your area on their website. Hope you find someone who can help your daughter.
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Re: Selective Mutism (daughter)

Postby Kami » Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:39 am

Thank you so much for your response. We didn't know about the organizations out there. It was very helpful. We appreciate it, and we will try to find a specialist for her.
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