I wanted to bring awareness to this disorder.</li></li></ul><li>Thesis Statement<br />A Need for Awareness<br />If Selective Mutism were given more attention…<br /><ul><li> More education would be available in Selective Mutism.
Behavioral and social issues would be prevented later on down the road.</li></li></ul><li>Do YOU know what Selective Mutism is?<br />Many people are not aware what Selective Mutism is.<br />Education is beneficial in bringing awareness to Selective Mutism.<br />Because…<br />People will know what Selective Mutism is.<br />People will know its causes.<br />People will know its relation with other disorders to prevent confusion.<br />Example: <br />"The difference between shyness and selective mutism is ability to function," Shipon-Blum said. "Shy children function. Children with selective mutism have a difficulty socially, emotionally, academically." (“Good Morning America” 1)<br />
More treatment options would be available for Selective Mutism.<br />Such as…<br /> -Behavioral Modification<br />-Stimulus Fading<br />-Self-Modeling Technique<br />These methods are most popular with children who cannot take medication.<br />Plus, children do not want to take medication!<br /> V.S. <br />Therapy<br />Medication<br />
Behavioral and Social Issues can be prevented down the road.<br />If left untreated, Selective Mutism can lead to…<br /> -Depression <br />-Anger Issues<br />-Education Problems<br />Example: Many teachers do not understand <br />Selective Mutism and they think the child is not talking on <br />purpose. <br />"Sometimes there may be some form of trauma involved, but for children trauma can be triggered by something relatively small," Karen, mother of Selectively mute daughter Megan Coleman, says. "Starting school can in itself be traumatic." (Hewitson 1)<br />
Conclusion<br />Eliminate ignorance so more children can fly, not suffer!<br />….. He or she will NOT grow out of it. (Berent)<br />
Works Cited Page<br />Berent, L.C.S.W., Jonathan. “Social Anxiety”<br />socialanxiety.comBerent Associates, n.d.<br />Web 15 Nov 2010 <http://www.social-anxiety.com/area-selective-mutism.html>.<br />"Selective Mutism: When Your Child Can't Speak." Good Morning America<br /> 27 March 2006: 1. Web. 13 Feb 2011. <br /><http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/AmericanFamily/story?id=1770308&page=1>.<br />Hewitson, Jesse. "Selective Mutism: Speaking Up for Silent Treatment." <br />Telegraph16 April 2010: 1. Web. 13 Feb 2011. <br /><http://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/7589677/Selective-mutism-Speaking-up-for-silent-treatment.html>. <br />