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Course Overview

Teachers and speech-language pathologists may be confronted by a child who fails to speak in school but is reported by parents to freely speak at home. Our initial professional response is to wait and hope that time will solve the problem. A more appropriate approach is to conduct a differential diagnosis and study the child’s personality and behavior to determine a diagnosis that addresses the failure to talk in select situations and other aberrant features that are present. In the DSM-5, classification of selective mutism is applied to children who present self-imposed silence in social situations. A treatment program that involves both parents and school personnel is addressed. Techniques to modify such personality traits as anxiety, oppositionalism, and compulsivity that accompany selective mutism, and play therapy conducted by the speech-language pathologist and other school personnel contribute to a successful treatment program.

About the Course Author

Robert C. Thompson, PhD, SLP, CCC, is a consultant to the pediatric department at the W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah, Okla., as a specialist in differential diagnosis of infants, toddlers, and elementary-age children presenting autistic spectrum disorder, selective mutism, disruptive behavior disorder, and reactive attachment disorder. Robert C. Thompson has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


    Intermediate level; Professional Area Level

    0.10 ASHA CEUs

  • Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


    Approved for 1.0 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

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  • Learning Objectives:

    Apply the diagnostic criteria for selective mutism from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, to determine whether a child presents this condition; Collect objective and subjective information in regard to the child’s social behavior, and consider whether the child also presents anxiety, compulsivity, or oppositional traits; Establish a treatment program that eliminates inappropriate management by family and school personnel, modifies comorbid features, improves the child’s participation in school, and provides opportunities for the child to be verbal
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    The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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