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Application of a web-based cognitive-behavioural therapy programme for the treatment of selective mutism in Singapore : a case series study

Ooi, Yoon Phaik and Raja, Malini and Sung, Sharon Cohan and Fung, Daniel S. S. and Koh, Jessie B. K.. (2012) Application of a web-based cognitive-behavioural therapy programme for the treatment of selective mutism in Singapore : a case series study. Singapore medical journal, Vol. 53, H. 7. pp. 446-450.

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Abstract

Selective mutism (SM) is characterised by limited or a lack of speech in selected social settings. Recent reviews suggest that cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is an effective and promising treatment approach for SM. However, there is still a lack of studies documenting the applicability of CBT for SM in diverse populations. The goal of the present study was to examine the use of a web-based CBT programme ('Meeky Mouse') among Singaporean children diagnosed with SM.; Five children with SM (one boy and four girls aged 6-11 years) participated in the 14-week 'Meeky Mouse' programme, in addition to being prescribed with an unchanged dosage of fluoxetine 10-20 mg daily. The progress made by the children throughout the course of the programme was documented by the therapist.; Post treatment, four out of the five children demonstrated improvements in the frequency of speech during therapy sessions at home, in school and at other social situations.; Findings from the present study provide support for the use of a web-based CBT programme in improving speech and decreasing the severity of SM among affected children.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology
UniBasel Contributors:Ooi, Yoon Phaik
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Singapore Medical Association
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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