Ridding the Silence of Selective Mutism Through Research

Press Room

The Press Room provides updates on the SMRI team and includes upcoming presentations and appearances from SMRI, as well as when new research is released to the general public.

Professional Presentations

The following professional and scientific presentations have been completed with the support from the Selective Mutism Research Institute.

Web Resources

Contains a list of professional organizations that provide info, continuing education, and research on selective mutism and other related social communication disorders.

Selective Mutism (SM) is a childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s inability to speak and communicate effectively in select social settings, such as school. These children are able to speak and communicate in settings where they are comfortable, secure, and relaxed. Our research has demonstrated that a key aspect to success in treatment is understanding and addressing the child’s unique needs; hence addressing the whole child, not his/her mutism.


Overcoming Selective Mutism is possible!

Selective Mutism is an everyday struggle for many individuals of all ages in all types of settings. We believe that an effective assessment and treatment approach is critical for success in overcoming this disorder.

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Selective Mutism is a social communication anxiety disorder where mutism is merely a symptom. Our research shows that understanding the whole child is the key to successful treatment.

Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum