Application of a web-based cognitive-behavioural therapy programme for the treatment of selective mutism in Singapore : a case series study
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
 
ID 2277058
Author(s) Ooi, Yoon Phaik; Raja, Malini; Sung, Sharon Cohan; Fung, Daniel S S; Koh, Jessie B K
Author(s) at UniBasel Ooi, Yoon Phaik
Year 2012
Title Application of a web-based cognitive-behavioural therapy programme for the treatment of selective mutism in Singapore : a case series study
Journal Singapore medical journal
Volume 53
Number 7
Pages / Article-Number 446-50
Keywords anxiety, cognitive-behavioural therapy, selective mutism, web-based
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.

Publisher Singapore Medical Association
ISSN/ISBN 0037-5675
edoc-URL http://edoc.unibas.ch/dok/A6205386
Full Text on edoc No
PubMed ID http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22815012
ISI-Number WOS:000311000200006
Document type (ISI) Journal Article
 
   

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