Knowledge is key to understanding, and selective mutism is an anxiety disorder that a lot of people are not very knowledgeable about. It is mistaken and misdiagnosed for shyness or defiance when that is not the case at all. The purpose of this research was to clear up any of those misconceptions and explain that selective mutism is not just shyness or a child being defiant, but an actual anxiety disorder that children have that prevents them from speaking.
Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Dr. Kevin McGowan, Thesis Advisor
Dr. Andrea Cayson, Committee Member
Dr. Jeanne Ingle, Committee Member
Resendes, Ashley. (2022). Supporting Children with Selective Mutism in Early Childhood Education Classrooms. In BSU Honors Program Theses and Projects. Item 561. Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/honors_proj/561
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