Selective Mutism: Identification and Early Management - SLPA2032

Selective Mutism: Identification and Early Management

by Robert C Thompson, PhD, SLP, CCC
(4.6 / 35 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Audiology/SLP (0.10 CEU)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


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.


The goal of this selective mutism continuing education module is to guide speech-language pathologists in the identification of children who present selective mutism and describe an intervention program that involves family and school personnel. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • 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

Approval Information
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists.
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This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

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. Dr. Thompson has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.

Course Originally Released on: 11/27/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/20/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/31/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Steven L - AZ, AZ  ·  Jan 09, 2020
Good presentation of information. Relevant.
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Dave S - Livingston, TX  ·  Dec 27, 2019
This course offered helpful treatment options for Selective Mutism along with rationale for each.
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Casey F - Plant City, FL  ·  Dec 16, 2019
easy to follow and informative
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Dianne T - Goldsboro, NC  ·  Apr 02, 2019
I learned new information about selective mutism.
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Gina W - Hollywood, FL  ·  Mar 04, 2019
Would like more strategies during therapy
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Price: $12.00
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