Assessment and treatment of selective mutism: Recommendations and a case study

Susan M. Sheridan, Thomas R. Kratochwill, Sylvia Z. Ramirez

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We presenl the results of a stimulus fading procedure used to treat a six-year-old girl who met DSM-IH-R criteria for elective mutism (now Selective Mutism in DSM-IV). An assessment protocol is presented that features procedures that can be used to render a diagnosis and assist in treatment planning. A treatment program was implemented through a consultation process that required close monitoring and revision over several months. Results ol the case study suggested that the stimulus fading of new persons into the school setting was effective in producing speech. Future research directions in assessment and treatment of selective mutism are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-77
Number of pages23
JournalSpecial Services in the Schools
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 12 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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