Selective mutism is a disorder in which a person is unable to speak in certain social situations, even though they may be able to speak in other situations. Having a therapist come to a child’s school can be very helpful in the treatment of selective mutism because it allows the therapist to work with the child in the same environment where the child experiences difficulty speaking. This can help the therapist understand the specific triggers and challenges that the child faces, and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to the child’s needs. It can also make it easier for the therapist to work with the child on a regular basis, which is important for making progress in treatment. Additionally, having a therapist at the school can provide support and guidance for teachers and other staff members, who can play an important role in helping the child overcome their selective mutism.

It is possible for PCIT-SM to be used in a school setting as part of the treatment for a child with selective mutism. In this case, a therapist trained in PCIT-SM would work with the child and their parents to help improve their communication and interaction in the school environment. The therapist would teach the parents , and possible school staff such as teachers, aids, and paras, specific strategies for encouraging the child to speak in the school setting. By provide support and guidance for teachers and other staff members who are working with the child everyone can be working from the same sheet of music, and by being in the school setting the therapist can see directly how the child is applying the therapeutic learning to a real life environment. This type of therapy can be effective in helping a child with SM to gradually overcome their difficulty speaking in the school environment, and can also help to improve their overall social and emotional development. It is important to note, however, that PCIT-SM should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to the individual child’s needs.

To learn more about how a Kentlands Psychotherapy PCIT-SM trained clinician could help your child with communicating give us a call at (240) 252-3349.