Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors


Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education


For my senior thesis/project, I planned on delving into the subject of Selective Mutism (SM) and how it interferes in a child's education, and what treatments and evaluations are available to help treat and diagnose a child with SM. SM is a type of anxiety disorder that can occur when a child develops an acute fear of speaking. Treatment of a child with SM usually focuses on techniques to lower anxiety and increase self-esteem and confidence in communication and social settings. I focused my presentation towards treatment models and options, including, but not limited too: behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, medication, family therapy, and alternative communication methods (specifically communication devices).



Faculty Mentor

Sonia Manuel-Dupont

Departmental Honors Advisor

Sonia Manuel-Dupont