Selective Mutism, once called Elective Mutism, is a childhood anxiety disorder characterized by the inability to speak in one or more social situations (e.g., around strangers, at school), while being able to speak in other situations (e.g., with a parent). In most cases, the problem is anxiety-based and does not involve expressive speech pathology. Children with Selective Mutism can be treated with cognitive behavior therapy.
If you or a loved one suffers from Selective Mutism, give us a call. We have been providing anxiety treatment programs for over 30 years and can provide relief from the constant fear, panic, and/or worry. For more information or to schedule an appointment at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, please contact us at (314) 289-9411 for our St. Louis City location and (636) 532-9188 for our Chesterfield location, you can also choose to complete our online inquiry form. We look forward to speaking with you.