Question: “How is school phobia related to Selective Mutism?”
Answer: “Selectively Mute children have an innate fear and/or anxiety when in social settings, such as school. In response to this, some students with Selective Mutism may try to avoid school. This can be due to physical symptoms that often accompany anxiety symptoms. Stomachaches, nausea, headaches, etc. can make a student want to avoid school in order to relieve their symptoms. Fears of embarrassment, social interaction, making mistakes, changing in gym class, etc. are enough to cause many SM children to beg to stay home. Over time, these children, if left untreated, may try to avoid going to school or other social events as a means of alleviating their anxiety. They realize, whether subconsciously or consciously, that they feel calmer and more relaxed in the comfort of their own home or away from the stress that they feel in the school setting. Parents may have a difficult time getting the child or teen to school or may be reluctant to send their child to school in case they are truly ill.” – Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum
To learn the “Golden Rules” of Dr. Shipon-Blum’s evidence-based treatment approach, S-CAT®, and how to implement them in the school setting to increase comfort and verbal communication, consider downloading the popular “Back to School Planning for the Child with Selective Mutim“ webinar workshop.