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STUTTERING

Stuttering is an excess of repetitions, prolongations and hesitations in speech. These can severely disrupt its smooth, fluent flow. Whilst everyone makes involuntary repetitions, prolongations and hesitations in their speech, blocking appears to be a defining characteristic of stuttering.

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Does Stuttering Have A Psychological Cause?

Question Are you suggesting psychological/emotional trauma is a bona fide etiology of fluency disorder? I was trained otherwise. Could you please share your scientific research supporting this? Thank you. My response Traumatic experiences? On this website, in…

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Fluency Self-Evaluation (Within Session)

This is another quick-and-easy self-evaluation form for people who stutter. Whereas the Self-Evaluation Form Fluency (SEFF) is designed to be completed following any speech-related task (perhaps one identified using the Goal Setting Form (Stuttering), this Fluency Self-Evaluation form is designed to be completed at the start and…

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Fluency Shaping

Fluency shaping is a stuttering treatment that aims to replace stuttered speech with fluent speech. Prolonged Speech is a fluency therapy which is particularly useful when overt stuttering features are more significant than any covert stuttering features. A new speech pattern is taught that focuses on slowed speech, easy phrase initiation, soft contacts, breath-stream management, deliberate flow between words and pitch control. Some research suggests that prolonged speech techniques reduce stuttering and that the benefits are maintained over time. Other studies claim that fluency shaping therapies are relapse prone and produce speech that sounds unnatural to the listener and feels unnatural to the speaker.

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Speech Therapy for Stuttering

Speech therapy for stuttering has many options. Which fluency therapy to use depends on the presenting features of the person’s stutter. Assistance and advice on how to stop stuttering is available for any degree of stuttering, no matter what the person’s age. Options reviewed include Syllable Timed Speech, fluency shaping, psychological approach and counseling. People who stutter should always be assessed by a speech therapist.

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