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SMIRA (Selective Mutism Information & Research Association)

SMIRA has been set up initially to support families with selectively mute children. Its work has since been extended to provide information to health and education professionals involves in bringing such children and young people.

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This is an anxiety disorder that affects both children and adults. People with selective mutism find it hard or impossible to speak in certain situations or to certain people, although they can speak normally when they are comfortable, for example, at home. Selective mutism (SM) is a severe childhood anxiety disorder in which a person who is normally capable of speech is unable to speak in given situations, or to specific people.