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Would speech therapy help a child with selective mutism, if he already speaks fine when he wants to speak?
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
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In brief: No
No, speech therapy helps to correct functional problems with speech.
Selective mutism is psychological/developmental in origin, and should be addressed as such.

In brief: No
No, speech therapy helps to correct functional problems with speech.
Selective mutism is psychological/developmental in origin, and should be addressed as such.
David Escobar
David Escobar
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
In brief: Maybe
A creative and interested speech/language pathologist may be useful in this setting, just as they could for performance anxiety in public speaking.
Routine "physical therapy" type of speech therapy wouldn't be helpful.

In brief: Maybe
A creative and interested speech/language pathologist may be useful in this setting, just as they could for performance anxiety in public speaking.
Routine "physical therapy" type of speech therapy wouldn't be helpful.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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