"Anxiety is the work of a strong, healthy brain that’s a little overprotective." - Karen Young
Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder that begins early in a child’s life, where the child consistently feels unable to speak to certain people or in certain situations in which speaking is expected (such as at school or in the community), while speaking freely in other settings (such as at home).
There is no age limit on stress and anxiety. The truth: anxiety looks different in kids! Anxious children are often mislabeled and misdiagnosed (and sometimes inaccurately medicated). Here, you can learn how anxiety, trauma, or stress may look in a child. This information is not just for parents, but can be extremely helpful for educators! Feel free to share with a parent or educator you know.