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Refusal to Speak : Treatment of Selective Mutism in Children - Sheila Spasaro

Refusal to Speak

Treatment of Selective Mutism in Children

By: Sheila Spasaro (Editor), Charles Schaefer (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th March 1999
ISBN: 9780765701251
Number Of Pages: 317

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Selective mutism in children is characterized by persistent refusal to speak in one or more social situations (e.g., at school or among strangers), notwithstanding the demonstrated ability to use language at home. The range of treatment options has recently expanded to include promising behavioral, psychopharmacological, and multi-modal approaches in addition to psychodynamic and family systems therapy. Toward overcoming the traditional intractability of the disorder, the authors exhort clinicians - psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, counselors, social workers - to familiarize themselves with all of the options in order to expand their repertoires and individualize treatment strategies. Comprehensive in scope, this book presents the major therapeutic approaches and offers alternatives to professionals working with selectively mute children.

Refusal To Speak: Treatment of Selective Mutism in Children is of significant value to professionals working with children who present with this extraordinary behavioral pattern. The book pulls together the available literature and then goes one step further. The material is organized into chapters written from behavioral, psychodynamic, psychiatric, and family systems perspectives. This allows practitioners from a wide variety of philosophies to benefit from the material. I highly recommend this book to my colleagues who work with children. -- Lawrence A. Dana Refusal to Speak embodies a rare blend of scholarly thoroughness and clinical practicality. In treating as perplexing and difficult a condition as selective mutism, it is important to gain as broad and comprehensive a view as possible. I appreciate the astute and integrative interventions described throughout the book; practitioners from a variety of clinical orientations will find a great deal of guidance within these pages. The interventions described with clarity would make excellent didactic material. Drs. Spasaro and Schaefer have woven together a superb edited volume. -- Neil Bockian

An Introduction to the Treatment of Selective Mutismp. 1
Practical Guidelines for the Assessment and Treatment of Selective Mutismp. 19
When to Intervene in Selective Mutism: The Multimodal Treatment of a Case of Persistent Selective Mutismp. 45
Intervention with the Selectively Mute Childp. 65
Elective Mutism: Special Treatment of a Special Casep. 83
Combining Self-Modeling and Stimulus Fading in the Treatment of an Electively Mute Childp. 91
An Adapted Language Training Strategy in the Treatment of an Electively Mute Male Childp. 109
Elective Mutism: Origins in Stranger Anxiety and Selective Attentionp. 133
Electively Mute Children: A Therapeutic Approachp. 153
Elective Mutism as a Variant of Social Phobiap. 175
Phenelzine Treatment of Elective Mutism: A Case Reportp. 189
Elective Mutism in Children: A Family Systems Approachp. 195
Group Treatment for Elective Mute Childrenp. 209
Sibling Group Play Therapy: An Effective Alternative with an Elective Mute Childp. 219
Elective Mutismp. 233
"Speech Is Silvern, But Silence Is Golden": Day Hospital Treatment of Two Electively Mute Childrenp. 265
Case Study: Fluoxetine in the Multimodal Treatment of a Preschool Child with Selective Mutismp. 297
Creditsp. 309
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780765701251
ISBN-10: 0765701251
Series: Child Therapy (Jason Aronson)
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 317
Published: 28th March 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.95  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.62