Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MA in Child Development


Child Development Graduate Program


Selective Mutism (SM) is a frequently unheard of and misunderstood mental disorder. While it is defined in the DSM-5, its misconceptions are still very high. This thesis will provide a historical and current literature review of selective mutism research, as well as different treatment approaches in clinical and school environments. The hope is that with a wider understanding of what selective mutism is and is not, treatment for the disorder will begin at a younger age. The goal is for a child’s team to be included in the process of treatment, including the mental health provider, parents, caregivers, teacher, and other significant people in the child’s life.