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What is stuttering?

Stuttering, also known as stammering, is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases as well as involuntary silent pauses or blocks in which the person who stutters is unable to produce sounds.

The term stuttering is most commonly associated with involuntary sound repetition, but it also encompasses the abnormal hesitation or pausing before speech, referred to by people who stutter as blocks, and the prolongation of certain sounds, usually vowels and semivowels. For many people who stutter, repetition is the primary problem.

The impact of stuttering on a person's functioning and emotional state can be severe. This may include fears of having to enunciate specific vowels or consonants, fears of being caught stuttering in social situations, self-imposed isolation, anxiety, stress, shame, being a possible target of bullying, having to use word substitution and rearrange words in a sentence to hide stuttering, or a feeling of ‘loss of control’ during speech.

Stuttering management

For years, choral speaking has been shown to be an effective inhibitor of stuttering and has become part of an overall stuttering treatment program for many people who stutter. The technology in mySpeech and SpeechEasy helps to simulate this 'choral speech effect' and to induce more fluent speech.

By using a delay and change in pitch, the 'choral speech effect' is reproduced by taking the sound of your voice and playing it back in your ear in an altered form. You may find that you like a different delay in one setting or a different pitch in another.



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