Definitely agree with the other posters! With selective mutism, I see speech therapy as a supplement, not a front-line remediation. Selective mutism, as the name implies, is a CHOICE not to speak rather than a DISABILITY of speech (not shouting, just emphasizing :), so I see speech as almost like a maintenance issue....keeping receptive skills sharp and encouraging expressive skills.
So, in response to the Kindergarten teacher, I would empathize...maybe troubleshoot with her to see if you could think of one or two ways to receptively test phonological skills (i.e. show the letter /s/ and say "Does this letter make the /sssssss/ sound or the /d-d-d-d-d/ sound?" or "Does this word say "bed" or "bad"?" or something like that), but I'm not sure there is much else that you CAN do with a case like that....
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