Fluency Disorders/Stuttering

Fluency disorders and stuttering refers to a communication disorder characterized by disruptions of smooth, easy flowing speech. Such disruptions may take the form of the following:

  • Repetitions - of sounds, syllables, words or phrases;
  • Prolongations - drawing out or prolonging a sound or syllable;
  • Blocks - struggling or getting stuck when trying to say a sound or word;
  • Broken words - pausing within a word;
  • Tension - eye blinks, head bobbing, tensing facial muscles, etc.; or
  • Breathing disruptions - running out of air while speaking.