I often deliver school training on selective mutism and something I frequently hear is:
"It really is unbelievable how (he/she) can have so much control - to not speak for the whole day..."
My response to this is as follows:
"I can see why you would think that they are maintaining control by not talking but actually this is not the case. A child with selective mutism wants to speak but they can't.
Their condition is paralysing them t