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Selective Mutism
Evolving Minds: Treating Children and Adolescents

At Evolving Minds Counselling, our Senior Psychologist Leanne Mayell has a special interest in the treatment of selective mutism.

Selective mutism is a childhood anxiety disorder that can leave a child unable to speak in certain social situations, even though they are capable of speaking in other contexts.

Evolving Minds believe early intervention plays a crucial role in the treatment of selective mutism and can be highly beneficial for several reasons:

Preventing Social Isolation: Children with selective mutism may withdraw from social interactions due to their inability to communicate verbally. Early intervention can help prevent social isolation by providing strategies to improve communication and social interaction skills, fostering healthy relationships with peers, and reducing the risk of emotional and social difficulties.

Reducing Anxiety: Selective mutism is often associated with high levels of anxiety in social situations. Early intervention aims to identify and address anxiety symptoms and help children develop coping strategies.


Enhancing Social Skills: Children with selective mutism may struggle to develop social skills and build friendships due to communication difficulties. Intervention can foster positive social relationships and support healthy social development.


Preventing Secondary Issues: Left untreated, selective mutism can lead to secondary issues such as low self-esteem, social anxiety, and depression. 


By identifying and addressing selective mutism, intervention can help children overcome communication barriers, build confidence, and thrive in social and academic settings.

To book an appointment call Evolving Minds on 02 8519 4197 or complete the online form below.

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