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What causes someone to go mute, when they know how to speak?

What causes someone to go mute, when they know how to speak?

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

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What causes someone who knows how to speak to go mute?

What causes someone who knows how to speak to go mute?

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 more

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What is the disease which makes you mute?

What is the disease which makes you mute?

Shrink answer: Selective mutism can be seen with some psychiatric patients. ...Read more

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Are there any good medications to help with children that are selective mutes?

Are there any good medications to help with children that are selective mutes?

Depends: If the selective mutism is due to a social phobia or agoraphobia, then there are some possible treatments that may help. Anxiolytics can reduce these symptoms. ...Read more

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How often are autistic children selective mutes?

How often are autistic children selective mutes?

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 more

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Can a child go to a regular school if he is selectively mute?

Can a child go to a regular school if he is selectively mute?

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 more

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Is there any association between children who are "late talkers" and children who become selectively mute later in life?

Is there any association between children who are "late talkers" and children who become selectively mute later in life?

Not That I am Aware: Speech delay is related to immaturity of expressive language development and the part of the brain that controls that function. Mutism behavior is unrelated as far as i know. ...Read more

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What to do if I have some thorough questions about deaf and mute people?

What to do if I have some thorough questions about deaf and mute people?

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 more

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What is the name of the condition that renders adults mute after psychological trauma?

What is the name of the condition that renders adults mute after psychological trauma?

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 more

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