Common Co-Existing Conditions with Selective Mutism
A proportion of individuals who suffer from Selective Mutism (SM) also suffer from additional childhood disorders. It is important to gain an understanding of the most common co-existing conditions that individuals with SM may experience, and how these conditions can impact the treatment process. For example, clinicians and parents need to make educated decisions regarding different treatment strategies and tactics that will accommodate the unique needs of children with multiple disorders. This presentation will introduce the information that is helpful for making such decisions. First, an introduction to SM as a Social Communication Anxiety Disorder is presented, along with a discussion of the various factors that may lead to the development of SM (the Whys of SM). Sensory processing challenges and Speech/Language disorder/delay will be specifically highlighted. Anxiety disorders, as well as the interplay between anxiety and depression, will also be addressed. Finally, a special focus will be given to Social Anxiety Disorder, as approximately 90% of children with SM also suffer from this condition.
- List the most common co-existing conditions individuals with Selective Mutism have.
- Give examples of how co-existing conditions can affect the treatment process.
- Explain how the S-CAT® strategies can be used to accommodate the needs to SM children/adults with multiple disorders.