Mute teenager

Helen - posted on 05/03/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi - my son is 18 and totally mute. It is not selective as he speaks to no one. We have had professional help but it seems to be more to do with controlling things around him. He is also diabetic which is a concern as he can also use that to control situations and me. He has spent the whole weekend 'sulking' in his room - I am at my wits end as to what else I can do. He does not interact with other boys or girls outside of school. I have a partner who is very patient but we don't see much of each other because of the situation. My son's father left the country a few years ago which probably didn't help... I love my son and want to help him but am really at a loss. I find the situation very, very depressing and worrying. Any ideas? Thanks!

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Helen - posted on 05/04/2015

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CAMHS ended the sessions as they only see children up to the age of 18. Because my son refuses to interact with anyone there was nothing more they could do unless he decided he wanted the help and was willing to give some of himself. I am going to write to social services to see whether they have any ideas. I'm not sure what else I can do... I went out today and when I returned a few hours later he was exactly where I had left him .. I just don't know ...

Jodi - posted on 05/04/2015

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Have you spoken to CAMHS about this recent episode? It may be worth talking to them for some support.

Helen - posted on 05/04/2015

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hi there. Thanks for replying - yes, my son saw someone at CAMHS for a few years - it was helpful but he didn't interact. The sessions ended at the counsellor didn't think that there was much more they could do unless my son was willing to interact...I'm at a loss as what to do. He has now been sitting on his bed since Fri evening, barely even acknowledging me.

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