The Selective Mutism Clinic provides assessment and treatment for preschool and school-aged children with selective mutism and extreme shyness in Sydney and also throughout Australia through our Outreach program. We provide training for teachers and other health professionals via Seminars and Phone Supervision. The clinic is also affiliated with Dr Elizabeth Woodcock & Associates, Clinical Psychologists, which provides general psychological services for children and adults.
Selective mutism is a condition where children are able to talk comfortably in some situations such as at home or around familiar relatives, but are not able to use their voice in other social situations where there is an expectation for speaking such as at school or with less familiar people. Selective mutism is a form of social anxiety where the child fears that when people hear their voice they will react in a way that might be embarrassing for them or that they may be judged for how they sound or what they say. This fear prevents the child from being able to speak freely. Sometimes children with selective mutism are unable to speak to adults or peers at school. Sometimes they can speak to select people (e.g., 1 or 2 peers, or adults but not peers), and sometimes children are able to whisper to a large number of people but unable to use their vocal cords. Read more about Selective Mutism and our Outreach and Local Programs here.