How to Overcome Selective Mutism As a Teen

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder that affects an individual's ability to speak in certain circumstances. The sufferer can add speak, but is mute at times, often in public, or at stressful times that's why it's "selective". If you are between the ages of 13 and 19, and selectivity mute, you may find this article useful in overcoming your condition. Start reading at step one below.

Steps

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    Try some of these ideas to help develop communication:
    • Start by being social.
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    Smile. If you are super shy and don’t use expressions, just smile once in a while. If that's not it, then wave.
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    Try making noises. It sounds dumb but hum what you’re trying to say. Not many people will understand but your closer friends will cope.
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    Answer questions in school. Write a note and give it to the teacher. Or have a friend read it.
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    Ask for help. If you are in school, you can ask your teachers in a note, to sit by your friends so you feel comfortable.
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    Have self goals and be confident.
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    Whisper. Try whispering things. Not particularly to anyone but in public, whisper under your breath and start getting louder until you are comfortable. Maybe in school until you aren’t scared to whisper under your breath, maybe you can start whispering to a friend.
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    Be confident. Always know you can do it be confident
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    Talk to people at the mall because you’re never going to see them again.
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    Try registering at a new school. You know you can do it. You want to go to a new school where nobody knows you and talk. Well when your signing up try talking regular voice to your parent or whoever and be social and friendly to teachers. Be convinced you can do it.

Tips

  • Many people won't understand it and think you choose not to speak.
  • Your parents probably won't understand this.
  • There are many reasons you could have s.m. Like maybe you were just born with it. But for some they're afraid because of past incidents.
  • Try counselling. It might help. If it doesn't, you can quit therapy.
  • For more information you can read Wikipedia's article on Selective Mutism: Selective Mutism

Warnings

  • Don't force your children to talk, and if they don't want to be on meds or in counseling, they are trying to do it on their own.! So don't make them do something they’re not comfortable with.

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Categories: Anxiety Disorders | Disability Issues