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Causes Of Mute
Neurological/psych: It is possible that there is some rare and unusual neurological problem if this is a young person, or that if it is an older person there may have been a stroke in a speech area. More likely this is a psychological problem. The patient should see his/her doctor for a workup and referral to a neurologist or psychiatrist as appropriate. ...Read more
Multiple ways: There are multiple possible causes for someone who knows how to speak, to go mute. One would be a tia, or more likely a full stroke; damage to vocal cords is another. Also someone can have an extreme psychological trauma and not be able to speak because of that. People can also be mute with some psychoses and extreme depressions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not really: Selective mutism implies normal speech and language in certain "safe" settings, and a voluntary resistance to speaking in other "frightening" settings or venues. Autistic children don't speak well because of their neurological deficiency. Some higher functioning autism patients may refuse to speak (in their normal way) in certain settings or with certain people, but this is not mutism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but it's tough: A child who is selectively mute is by definition a "special needs child". Their version of communication will be different, and there is generally a good reason why they are mute, either from a social or other phobia, ptsd, antisocial syndromes, or other type of reason. A child who is selectively mute should get an iep (individual ED plan) to ensure a normal school offers the right services. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Information: I would recommend visiting a Hearing and Speech Center and gather as much information as you can to understand the problems of the totally deaf person. Also contact the Department of Speech and Hearing Department or Audiology Department of a local University to gather similar information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Trauma: If you or a loved one are experiencing trauma symptoms and mutism, EMDR Therapy could be the best choice. I have used this exceptional trauma therapy even in a combat zone with a child who did not speak English and had stopped talking her native language. Don't let it go, the sooner the trauma is treated the less spillover on your life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any association between children who are "late talkers" and children who become selectively mute later in life?
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