Selectief Mutisme

Waar komt het woord mutisme vandaan?

Goedenmiddag, Ik ben een studente van het ROC van Twente. Er is mij een opdracht opgelegd om het ziekte beeld selectief mutisme uit te diepen! Vandaar de vraag waar het woord oorspronkelijk vandaan komt.

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ik heb wel iets gevonden, maar dat is in het engels:

"Main Entry: mut·ism
Pronunciation: \ˈmyü-ˌti-zəm\
Function: noun
Etymology: French mutisme, from Latin mutus mute
Date: 1824
: the condition of being mute

Physician-reviewed articles on MUTISM on Healthline.
1. Selective mutism
Selective mutism is a condition in which a child who can..."


"Selective mutism is a condition in which a child who can speak well stops speaking, usually in school or social settings.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Most experts believe that the causes of selective mutism involve the following factors:

Most children with this condition have some form of extreme social phobia.

Parents often think that the child is refusing to speak, but usually the child is truly unable to speak in certain settings.

Some affected children have a family history of selective mutism, extreme shyness, or anxiety disorders, which may increase their risk for similar problems. This condition is most common in children under age 5.

This syndrome is not the same as mutism. In selective mutism, the child has the ability to both understand and speak, but fails to speak in certain settings or environments. Children with mutism never speak.


Ability to speak at home with family
Failure to speak in certain social situations
Fear of people
This pattern of mutism must be observed for at least 1 month. (The first month of school does not count, because shyness is common during this period.)

Signs and tests

Teachers and counselors should consider cultural issues, such as recently moving to a new country and speaking another language. Children who are uncomfortable with a new language may not want to use it outside of a familiar setting. This is not necessarily selective mutism.


Current treatment involves behavior changes, family participation, and the child's school. Certain medications that treat anxiety and social phobia have been used safely and successfully.

Support Groups

For more information and resources, see selective mutism support groups.

Expectations (prognosis)

Children with this syndrome can have different outcomes. Some may need to continue therapy for shyness and social anxiety into the teenage years, and possibly into adulthood.


Selective mutism can affect the child's ability to function in school or social settings. Without treatment, symptoms may get worse.

Calling your health care provider

Call your health care provider if your child has symptoms of selective mutism, and it is affecting school and social activities."


Ik hoop dat je hier toch wat mee vooruit komt?

Gr. René
Rene1981 | 02-01-2010 16:54

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