Selective Mutism is an anxiety where children talk at home but have difficulty speaking in other situations and to other people. Some of the symptoms of selective mutism is the inability of the child to speak with teachers, adults, and even peers. The child may appear frozen and shut down when they are expected to speak.
Common misconceptions about selective mutism (SM) include children with SM are traumatized, they are defiant,shy, or are going through a phase they will grow out of.
A child with selective mutism is not speaking because they are coping with the anxiety they feel in front of others. Selective Mutism is a treatable disorder especially if a child is treated when they are young.