The Teacher 's Role Of Selective Mutism And Anxiety Disorders

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Martinez, J., Tannock, R., Manassis, K. (2015). The teacher’s role in the assessment of selective mutism and anxiety disorders. Canadian Journal of School Psychology 30 (2) pp 83-101.

Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder usually discovered at the time a child first enters kindergarten and distinguished by the child’s failure to speak in social situations, to peers, teachers, and other individuals. However, usually, there is no sign of the disorder when the child is at home where he or she communicate on an average basis (Tannock, Manassis, & Martinez, 2015).
According to Martinez, Tannock and Manassis (2015), one of the problems of SM research is the lack of support for SM children in the classroom. This gap affects this population negatively in school since the SM child’s failure to speak in the classroom erroneously suggest that they are educationally challenged, belligerent or are suffering from other disorders. The study 's purpose was to explore the type of support SM children can receive if teachers help assess SM children.
The qualitative design was cross-sectional, and the research question relates to whether teacher-reported measures for SM are more consistently accurate than parent-reported measures for SM. Data collection was through teacher telephone interview. The ethical treatment of human subjects involved obtaining parental consent and approval by IRB. The researchers used a developed set of questions by a group of researchers from three…

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