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Good afternoon My 4 year old daughter is a fluent speaker in home ;but in School she does not even utter a word for the past 8 months. This us sausing extreme stress for us and her tutors .She also is absolutely quite ain front of many guests. Once alone with us she is an absolute chatterbox. I initial thought it's selective mutism .Need your opinion on how to tackle it. Thank uou

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Alia Ahmed

Alia Ahmed

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Answered 29030 | Rating 98.1%

Dear madam,

Welcome, and thank you for trusting us 

Madam, the girl maybe feels shy in front of strangers or guests, this is perhaps because of a fear or over protection from parents. For example, the parents do not allow her to communicate a lot with the community and stay home for longer, so she does not know how to interact with others and maybe she is afraid of them. On the other hand, maybe the child is having sensitive personality , so she does not feel comfortable to communicate with them.

As for the selective mutism, it may be accompanied with some other symptoms such as social phobias, isolation and lack the ability to express her feelings even with her family. Perhaps she clings to specific attitudes like unwillingness to communicate with family members.

As I have mentioned, your child is shy and not selective mutism, but in order to remove all doubt, you should take her to a psychiatrist, so he can examine her psychologically and treat the shyness dilemma. This problem is simple and by time passing, she will get better and grow out these attitudes.

Finally, the selective mutism requires a treatment program which is done by a
psychiatrist

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