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Fluency

Stuttering is a disorder where a person experiences repeated disruptions to the flow of speech. Some natural dysfluencies may occur in everyday speech such as hesitations, however the following do not occur normally:

Part Word Repetitions

When part of the word is repeated,
e.g. "Th-th-th-th-th-that one"

Whole Word Repetitions

When the whole word is repeated,
e.g. "When-when-when-when do you go?"

Prolongations

When a sound is held onto longer than normal,
e.g. "Mmmmmmmmy turn"

Blocks

Struggled silences that occur during speech when it appears the person is trying to force the sound out. This may include changes to a person's facial expression such as grimacing or eye blinking.

 

In Australia 326,000 people stutter. Stuttering may start from as young as 2 years of age and may run in families. It may start suddenly or gradually over time. It is also highly variable, meaning it may stop for a week or a month and then start again!

The cause of stuttering is not clearly understood but we know that it is a speech-motor planning disorder which may become worse when the person is anxious/nervous, tired or stressed. Importantly stuttering is NOT an emotional, intellectual, or psychological disorder.

The important thing to remember is that treatment for stuttering is MOST EFFECTIVE when a child is young. EARLY INTERVENTION is a MUST!

At All Communication Matters Speech Pathology we use the most researched  and effective intervention techniques aimed at reducing a child's stutter.

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