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Who should we see if my child may have selective mutism?

If your child has a regular physician or nurse practitioner, then that would be the best place to start.  Chances are, if your child does have selective mutism (SM), his regular health care provider has never heard him speak.  When you do take your child for an initial evaluation, make sure to take a video sample of him speaking normally, such as a video on your or someone else’s phone.  Usually, time is of the essence. Don’t wait for your child to “outgrow” selective mutism, because typically the older they are at the time of diagnosis, the more difficult SM is to treat.

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