FLUENCY - STUTTERING
Fluency is known as the flow of speech. When there are breaks in speech, more than the average expected, this is known as stuttering. Stuttering is characterised by:
Repetitions of sounds, syllables or words, for example, "a-a-apple," "ap-ap-apple," or "apple apple apple"
Prolongation of sounds, for example, "aaaaapple" or "I waaaaant an apple"
Inability to produce a sound at all during a short period of silence during speech, also known as blocking
What other things should I look out for in my child's fluency?
Additional body movements when stuttering, such as frequent blinking and movement of the head
Worried or frustrated facial expressions
Avoidance of some sounds, words or situations, such as group settings