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Disfluency

We all have times when we do not speak smoothly. We may add "uh" or "you know" to what we say. Or, we may say a sound or word more than once. These disfluencies are normal if they happen every once in a while. When it happens a lot, it may be stuttering.

People who stutter may have the following types of disfluencies:

-- Blocks. This happens when you have a hard time getting a word out. You may pause for a long time or not be able to make a sound. For example, "I want a ...... cookie."

-- Prolongations. You may stretch a sound out for a long time, like cooooooooooookie.

-- Repetitions. You may repeat parts of words, like co-co-co-cookie.

Stuttering can change from day to day. You may have times when you are fluent and times when you stutter more. Stress or excitement can lead to more stuttering. (asha.org)

Contact me today if you or a loved one have problems with stuttering or disfluency.