Are you worried your child might have a speech and language disorder? Here’s what you need to know to help you recognise any potential problems.
WORDS NURULHUDA SUHAIMI
A child with selective mutism does not speak in at least one specific social situation. For example, the child may be unable to speak in school but has no trouble speaking at home.
According to Upasana Bondopadhyay, consultant at Dynamics Psychological Practice, parents should look out for the following symptoms if they suspect their child might have selective mutism:
Selective mutism can be treated through a multimodal approach. “This model consists of psycho-education for the family, cognitive behaviour therapy, and medication if needed. The use of art, music and carefully designed therapeutic games and exercises helps the child express his/her anxiety in a safe manner and facilitates therapeutic procedures in the absence of speech,” explains Bondopadhyay.