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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.

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Selective mutism

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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

Selective mutism

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

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Selective mutism. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 18, 2019, from
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