YES! The give-and-take of communication via consistency and frequency of question-asking to an individual with Selective Mutism is not only needed, but a mandatory component of Social Communication Anxiety Treatment® (S-CAT®). If questions are not asked to the individual, he or she cannot begin to make progress and become a confident social communicator. Therefore, questions need to be asked to allow them the chance to respond.
Every person is different, and what works for one may or may not work for another. It is necessary for the individual with Selective Mutism to have the opportunity to participate in all social communication experiences. This requires parents and teachers to step back and encourage their child or student to begin engaging with others and to communicate at the communication level they can accomplish. The ongoing goal is for the person with Selective Mutism to transition across the Social Communication Bridge®.
To effectively overcome Selective Mutism and all anxieties, an individual needs to be involved in a treatment program, such as CommuniCamp™ Intensive Group Treatment and Individual Intensive Treatment which employ the evidenced-based Social Communication Anxiety Treatment® (S-CAT®). Developed by Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum, this holistic or “whole-person” treatment approach is designed to reduce anxiety, build self-esteem, increase social comfort and communication in all settings.