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What treatments are available for selective mutism?

The main treatment for selective mutism (SM) is behavior therapy, with medication available in the event that the child is not making progress with behavior therapy.  While this sequence is open for discussion, the prevailing opinion is that starting with medication may reduce the family’s motivation to do the “work” that is associated with behavior therapy or parent training. So it’s preferable to begin with behavior therapy and add medication, later, if necessary.

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