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How can I tell if my child has selective mutism?

The hallmark of selective mutism (SM) is the child who speaks normally at home but has never or rarely been heard to speak at school.  Oftentimes, these children might speak to another child if they are off by themselves, but has never been heard to speak when in the presence of their classmates and teacher.

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