Authors: Beare P, Torgerson C, Creviston C
Title: Increasing verbal behavior of a student who is selectively mute
Source: Journal of Emotional and Behavioural Disorders 2008 16(4): 248-255
Year: 2008
Research Design: Single Case Design

Selective mutism is the term used to describe a disorder in which a person speaks only in restricted stimulus situations. Examination of single-subject research concerning selective mutism reveals the most popular and successful interventions to instate speech involve a combination of behavior modification procedures. The present research utilized exclusively positive reinforcement with fading of prompts to increase the verbal communication of a selectively mute 12-year-old, sixthgrade boy. The treatment increased the student's verbal communication with three adults in three different settings.

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