things not to do with people who have selective mutism
- pressure them to speak
- praise them and make a huge deal when they do speak
- say shit like “i can’t help you if you don’t speak to me!”
- intentionally exclude them because they don’t talk
- punish them if they don’t speak
these are like the most counterproductive things you can do
YES. SO MUCH. Making a huge deal out of it just makes me not want to talk to that person because it makes me beyond uncomfortable. I struggled with this so much when I was in school. Still kind of do, only now I don’t have to get up in front of a class and talk if I don’t want to fail.