Our expert says:
Hmmm. Social anxiety disorder ( sosiale angsversteuring )might make one feel shy and uncomfortable when talking in public, but usually not totally mute, and Selective Mutism implies a person is mute / unspeaking in some situations and not in others.
I would not expect play therapy to be the best first step ( though it is beloved by some teachers ) and what is needed is a good skilled assessment by a child psychiatrist or child psychologist ( probably even more useful here ), as it is onl with a good diagnosis that one can plan effective treatment.
I wouldn't expect medication to help.
Its unusual if you have consulted both a psychologist and a psychiatrist and no benefit has resulted - I wonder whether they were specialist CHILD shrinks, or adult shrinks who see an occasional child. If these were properly trained child shrinks, I wonder whether they were given enough time to explore, assess and treat ?
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