The following are some history posts on our struggle:
One post here.
Selective mutism is very debilitating yet some don't believe that it is a real thing. Many people think that the child is just being willful. However, I have seen my child hide behind posts to avoid people. I have seen the tears, the struggle. I know that if she could have talked she gladly would have done so. To have a therapist suggest that we punish her for not speaking was so wrong and showed their ignorance. I told people what we were dealing with and they couldn't bother to do a simple web search.
Every now and then I bring it back up because I truly believe that anxiety medication got her talking. I have read that if you wait too long it won't be as effective because not speaking can become a habit. Larissa was 5 when she started on anxiety medication, the summer before starting kindergarten.
If you have a child who will not talk to anyone outside of their circle then do look at selective mutism. You are not alone. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
When Larissa was younger she was able to dance in front of an audience. She couldn't talk but she could dance.
Today she not only talks but sings. This last weekend she had her recital. She seemed so grown up.
She is new to singing and trying to determine her style.
If anyone wants to suggest any songs please do so.