Much to say,
You obviously have no idea on Selective Mutism if you brlieve the person chooses consciously not to speak. Yes,the name of the disorder is deceiving implying they are selective in their locations on where they speak however this is not the case..
perhaps a better name would be situational mutism.. the selective mutism sufferer has an anxiety disorder and cannot physically speak in certain situations and is overcome by fear,worry and can literally physically be sick.
think of people who have stage fright.this is the best comparison i canmake to help you understand. selective mutism sufferers find many social situations like a 'stage'.they 'cope' in these situations through being mute and not bringing attention to themselves.im sure all people who have this would agree that they do not choose to be silent as much to say said.they themselves have alot to say and contribute to conversations. unfortunately,it is not something they can just wake up n get over n begin talking.
Btw my daughter has been seeing a speechie n a psych.the speechie has gone far n beyond n helped her immensely.alot more than any other therapy has.
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