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A Pediatric Speech Therapist's Role in Overcoming Selective Mutism


A speech-language pathologist, also known as a speech therapist (SLP), is a trained professional who assesses and assists individuals of all ages facing challenges in understanding, expressing themselves, or experiencing difficulties with feeding and swallowing.


Many pediatric speech therapists often encounter patients with selective mutism, which is an anxiety disorder where individuals are unable to speak in specific social situations, such as with classmates at school or distant relatives. This condition typically begins in childhood and, if left untreated, can persist into adulthood.


SLPs play a crucial role in treatment by providing guidance on how to develop social communication skills in age-appropriate ways and directly working with children to enhance their abilities to communicate effectively with new people, in different environments, and during various activities. For more information about selective mutism, you can visit SMA.org (Selective Mutism Association) or reach out to Tidewater Speech Therapy at 757-439-4010 for a FREE consultation!

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