What is Stuttering?
Individuals with fluency disorders have difficulties with the flow and rhythm of speech. This is commonly known as a stutter.
Stuttering occurs when an individual experiences syllable, word, or phrase repetitions (“I wah, wah, want to go.”), prolongations (“I wwwwant to go.”) and/or blocking (“I——want to go.”). Often, individuals who stutter demonstrate additional behaviours such as poor eye contact and/or avoidance of difficult words. They may also present with secondary behaviors such as eye blinking or fist clenching.
Seeking therapy may increase a speaker’s confidence, as well as reduce the likelihood of social withdrawal or avoidance of certain communication situations (e.g. speaking to teachers, answering questions in class, oral presentations). Treatment approaches are dependant on the client’s age and severity. Methods include programs such as Lidcombe Program for Early Stuttering Intervention, The Essential Pause and other fluency shaping techniques.