Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Should you get your child assessed?

Taking the plunge and getting a clinical diagnosis can be terrifying-- after all, speaking about a problem means it's real. However, being in denial, hoping a (potential) anxiety disorder will go away just exacerbates the issue.

Early intervention is key: The sooner your child is assessed, the sooner you'll be able to work toward dealing with the issue at hand, what ever it may be.

If your child has multiple symptoms of Selective Mutism (which cannot be explained by a speech disorder or being an English Language Learner, and these symptoms have been present for several months), it is definitely worth getting a referral from your family doctor or pediatrician to have your child assessed by a child psychiatrist.

For more information about the symptoms and causes of Selective Mutism, download our free checklist.

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