Stuttering refers to a disruption in the fluency of speech. It is characterised by one or more of the following:
• Repeating sounds, words or phrases: d-d-d-d-dad / dad-dad-dad / I can – I can – run
• Prolonging sounds (sound is drawn out): ccccccccan I have one
• Blocking (blocks of silence before the sound begins): ——— can I go
• Facial grimaces, blinking, twitching or irregular breathing
It is never developmentally appropriate for a school-aged child to stutter.
The table below outlines some common myths and facts about stuttering.
Some information provided on this page was obtained from the Stuttering Unit, Bankstown Health Service, “Stuttering Fact and Fiction” and “Stuttering in the First Years of Life”.