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To speak dysfluently; to enunciate certain words with difficulty and with frequent halting and repetition of the initial consonant of a word or syllable.
[frequentative of stut, from Goth. stautan, to strike]


intr. & tr.v. stut·tered, stut·tering, stut·ters
To speak or utter with a spasmodic repetition or prolongation of sounds.
The act or habit of stuttering.

stut′ter·er n.
stut′ter·ing·ly adv.
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Manning (2001) summarized the task for the person who stutters by stating that "in many ways, he must evolve as a person and form a new paradigm, a new view of himself and his possibilities" (p.
Let me know what you think and your experience in working with and treating people who stutter.
Upon stuttering or upon anticipation of a stutter, the client is told to stop speaking and engage in diaphragmatic breathing while consciously relaxing chest and throat muscles, to think about what needs to be said, and to start speaking following a small exhale.
When first meeting a client who stutters, it is important to know how to react to the stuttering if trust is to be established.
However, if the child is bilingual and he of she begins to stutter, there are steps the parents can take to help.
He realized that dream in 2001, when he became the founder and artistic director of the New York City-based Our Time Theatre Company, the first and only not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to providing an artistic home for people who stutter.
Unfortunately, many preschool children are being offered the Lidcombe Program with control for spontaneous recovery which is estimated to occur in 80% of preschool children who stutter (Bloodstein, 1995).
No matter how much Junior appeared to stutter, it was normal and he would stop doing it if you ignored it.
The significance of one's expectations regarding stuttering is apparent in a variety of ways that are discernible through careful listening to the person who stutters.
He told the ECHO: "I've had a stutter since I first started to talk.
It is suggested that this delay in the auditory temporal cues can cause adaptations in the nervous system of the person who stutters, thus compensating possible intermittent failures of the nervous system, as described in the literature (36), in the adequate command of the signals to the motor activity control necessary to the production of fluent speech.