[Overton]Speech Behaviors

Speech behaviors are the core of the stuttering problem and are most likely the result of a neurophysiological disruption in the timing of the movements of the speech muscles. This disruption in timing results in one or more of the following:

  1. whole-word repetitions (one syllable words that are repeated 3 times or more; in-in-in)
  2. syllable repetitions (ba-ba-baby)
  3. sound repetitions (b-b-b-baby)
  4. audible prolongations (shshshship)
  5. blocks (holding an articulatory posture with no sound coming out)

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