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ERIC Number: ED501267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 70
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
Selective Mutism in Elementary Students
Hahn, Jennifer Joy
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Selective mutism is defined as "the consistent failure to speak in specific social situations despite the ability to speak in other settings" (American Psychiatric Association, 1994 as cited in Zelenko & Shaw, 2000). For many years, selective mutism was considered to be a very rare disorder amongst individuals, and little attention was given to this particular disorder. Research has recently revealed that selective mutism is more common than once believed, and for this reason, K-12 teachers need to know how to identify and assist students who suffer from it. According to the "Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry," seven in 1,000 children are diagnosed with selective mutism, making it more common than once believed (Cole, 2006; Frankel, 2007). In this particular study, the researcher conducted sixteen in-depth interviews, including three parents of students with selective mutism, ten teachers who work with selectively mute students, and three psychologists who work in some capacity with the disorder. In each interview, the researcher asked questions with the intention of learning ways that teachers and parents can help children who suffer from this condition. Collectively, the interviews revealed methods that might help teachers and parents assist children with selective mutism, including strategies that teachers can utilize to provide an optimal learning environment for these students, strategies that parents can implement that will benefit their child at home, and treatment plans available for individuals with selective mutism. Consent Form is appended. [MA Thesis, Biola University.]
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California