More than likely, a child will encounter a medical or educational professional to help them throughout their educational career sometime in their lives. Speech-language pathologists regularly see students from general education classrooms to special education classrooms. However, some disorders require multiple professionals to work as a team to ensure the child is functioning appropriately for his/her age. Selective mutism is a childhood anxiety disorder that causes such anxiety to the point where the child is unable to speak. Due to this being a frequent misdiagnosed disorder, a team of professionals is required to treat it. For this study, graduate students from the Clinical Psychology program and Communication Disorders program at Eastern Kentucky University were surveyed to discover their knowledge and confidence with their treatment practices in the past for those affected by Selective mutism. Hopefully, these preservice professionals will either feel confident treating this anxiety disorder or take this survey as reminder as to how important it is to continue researching Selective mutism for the generations to come.
Semester/Year of Award
Myra Beth Bundy
Open Access Thesis
IRB Approval Number (if applicable)
Campbell, Katelyn R. Ms., "Childhood Anxiety Disorders: A Look into Selective Mutism" (2019). Honors Theses. 661.