Children with selective mutism are born with an anxious temperament. It is therefore common for them to be vulnerable to developing additional anxieties, such as phobias, general worries, fears of trying new things, separation anxiety, performance anxiety, fears of the dark and sleeping on their own, and perfectionism and fears of getting things wrong. In some cases, particularly as the child gets older, they may also experience low mood as a result of reduced self-esteem, their frustration about not talking, and the social implications of this. Some children with selective mutism may also have other behavioural problems such as aggression, tantrums, and noncompliance. The Selective Mutism Clinic can assist your child and family with any other kinds of difficulties that may arise and our treatment is tailored to the individual needs of your child.