My 5 year old son does not talk to his mother or I. He has not talked in over a year, He does talk at school some, or occasionally to a friend at home.There are no signs of abuse or autism, all medical tests have come back negative. The only thing we haven't done is child psychiatrist, but since he won't talk to her, it is useless. I am at my wits end.
We have tried, loving, hugging, bribing, even spanking, but to no avail. He spoke for a while, to my wife back in October, but that soon stopped. It may be a social disorder, but how do you test an unwilling 5 year old for a social disorder? I find it hard to believe that any 5 year old is so stubborn that he would go a year without talking. He communicates in other ways, but not verbally.
Any ideas or suggestions would helpful and greatly appreciated.
Your son absolutely should be evaluated. A prudent way to begin is to be assessed by a developmental pediatrician and proceed based on those results. By the way, don't assume he would not speak with a clinician - he very well might. The condition of selective mutism usually manifests itself in the school setting, but the mutism can occcur in any setting.
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