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What is Stuttering?

Stuttering is a disruption in a person’s flow of verbal expression that is involuntary for the speaker. It is classified as a speech disorder in terms of medical insurance and diagnosis. The physical form typically results in some additional sound movement or behavior for the speaker to say words. Speech can come in sound repetitions, hesitations, or blocks that occur in one’s voice. Behaviors apart from the voice can accompany a disfluency in speech that disrupts the body’s natural speaking to hide, mitigate, or delay a verbal disfluency. The physical word verbalization is associated to disfluency rather than the ability to string sentences to communicate. Effective communication, instead of fluency, should be the goal in talking to one another.

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