Selective Mutism treatment for children is best started as early as possible to get better the outcomes. Treatment for selective mutism involves a combination approaches, including Parent-Child Interactive Treatment for Selective Mutism (PCIT-SM), behavior therapy (specifically, exposure therapy) and contingency management (i.e., prompting children using techniques that increase the likelihood of speech and reinforcing successful speaking experiences). PCIT-SM is the research-documented treatment approach developed to help therapists, parents, and teachers working with children to overcome selective mutism (SM). PCIT-SM has been tested and found to be effective in both the individual/family format and the intensive group format.
Treatment helps children face situations that make them anxious instead of avoiding them, and it aims to increase the child’s confidence in their ability to speak in anxiety-provoking situations. Treatment involves the child, parents, and, whenever possible, school personnel and teachers.
Several of our clinicians at Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta, have been trained by and consult regularly with nationally recognized SM experts, as well as experts in PCIT, CDI and VDI skills.