What is Selective Mutism?

Selective mutism is a severe anxiety disorder where a person is unable to speak in certain social situations, such as with classmates at school or to relatives they do not see very often.

It usually starts during childhood and, if left untreated, can persist into adulthood. A child or adult with selective mutism does not refuse or choose not to speak at certain times, they’re literally unable to speak. The expectation to talk triggers a freeze response with feelings of panic, like a bad case of stage fright, and talking is impossible.

My name is Aymie

When I was four years old I started preschool. That is when I stopped speaking outside our home and with close friends or family.

I have been struggling with selective mutism ever since.

I started researching more about selective mutism in 2020 when I started blogging. The more I learnt the more I understood myself. I also learnt that I am not alone and since then I have connected with others who share a similar story. To connect with others and gain more understanding about what selective mutism is has not only helped me, but also helped my family and friends to understand what I am experiencing and how they best can help me.

I wanted to start this page to raise more awareness and collect knowledge about selective mutism and to share my own journey to encourage others. I plan to share and post recourses on this page. I will also sell some t-shirts and other products to help spread awareness and support the selective mutism community.

If you want to connect with me and share your story, please email me at selectivemutismawareness1@gmail.com

Thank you and enjoy my site

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