Commonly known as ‘stuttering’, fluency includes repetitions, prolongations or pauses while speaking. Interjections (“uh”, “um”) and revisions (restating something a different way) are normal interruptions in the flow of speech. A disorder in fluency consists of multiple repetitions of a sound or word, long durations of a sound, and persistent and frequent occurrences of these behaviors throughout the day. The onset of disordered fluency generally occurs between ages of 2-5 years. While research indicates that approximately 80% of the children spontaneously recover, a pattern that lasts more than 6 months should be of concern.
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