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Selective mutism, please help!

Posted by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:02 PM
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My nine year old daughter was diagnosed with social anxiety and selective mutism at seven years old.  unfortunately, I was unable to keep her in therapy because it was outrageously expensive, even with insurance.  After having a conference with her teacher the other day, I was made aware of just how it is affecting her academically.  She's in fourth grade now.  I'm working on getting her into a clinic that is income based but it could take a month or more.  She is one of the brighter kids in her class, but I'm afraid she will get lost in the system as she moves into the upper grades.  I live in a very small rural area, so mental health care is hard to find, and at least a 30 minute drive away.  I need advice from experienced moms, I want to know what to expect and what I can do now before she starts therapy to get her warmed up for it.

by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:02 PM
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mandee1503
by Amanda on Feb. 17, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Good luck! I have no experience but some other moms do!

Elyssa414
by Elyssa on Feb. 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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My son has selective mutism as well. We put him in exposure therapy and tackled all aspects of his anxiety using exposures/rewards and social stories. We set a baseline for what he is expected to say, (for him it is hi, bye, yes and no), and will expand it when that becomes too easy. There are a few good books on selective mutism that may help!
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by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

 Sorry no experience with this. Good Luck Momma!

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darbyakeep45
by Darby on Feb. 18, 2013 at 6:51 AM

Hugs mama!  Good luck!

sammygrl77
by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM
((Hugs))
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RJC78
by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Thanks ladies.  Idk what to do.  I feel like I'm failing her.  We talked last night about her going back to a therapist and the possibility of medication for anxiety and she seems ok with it.  Feels like no matter what I do there is a possibility of hurting her further.  It's so hard to know when youi're right as a parent.  :(

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