What is Selective Mutism
Selective Mutism is a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s inability to speak and communicate effectively in select social settings, such as school. These children are able to speak and communicate in settings where they are comfortable, secure, and relaxed.More than 90% of children with Selective Mutism also have social phobia or social anxiety. This disorder is quite debilitating and painful to the child. Children and adolescents with Selective Mutism have an actual fear of speaking and of social interactions where there is an expectation to speak and communicate.
Symptoms of Selective Mutism
Symptoms of Selective Mutism include temperamental inhibition, social anxiety symptoms, social being, physical symptoms such as tummy ache, nausea, vomiting, joint pains, headaches, chest pain and shortness of breath, appearance of a frozen-looking face, developmental delays, and other common symptoms such as picky eating, bladder issues, sensitivity to crowds, avoiding bright lights, and disliking loud sounds.
Available Treatments for Selective Mutism
The main treatment for Selective Mutism is behavior therapy. This involves gradually exposing a child to increasingly difficult speaking tasks. Practice begins with easier steps which progressively harder later on. Success is rewarded with praise and small prizes and in time children learn that the anxiety they feel when they are asked to speak decreases without having to avoid the situation in order to feel better.
How To Check Eligibility Criteria & Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Selective Mutism
To apply for this tax credit Form 2201 entitled “Disability Tax Credit Certificate” it must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. This tax credit is only available to those who have taxes payable. This form must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. Qualified registered medical practitioners include a medical doctor, physiotherapist, optometrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist.
How DCC Can Help Claim Disability Tax Credit
Disability Tax Credit Consultants at DCC can help to claim this tax credit and collect up to $40,000 in disability tax credits.