Selective mutism

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

There is a 13-year-old girl that I believe has selective mutism. She sits in the same spot all day and reads a book. She only talks to her parents and absolutely no one else, not even close friends. I would love to know what you think.

Thank you

A: It is too difficult to tell from the limited information you have given, but since you are the same age and you are noticing her — perhaps handing her a note could capture her attention. She obviously likes to read and if she reads your note, perhaps you can form a dialogue with her in this fashion.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 26 Apr 2011

APA Reference
Tomasulo, D. (2011). Selective mutism. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 23, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2011/04/26/selective-mutism/