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behavior modification

A general term for any of a variety of clinical procedures based on learning theory and conditioning principles. Such procedures are used both to modify the disruptive negative emotional responses of the stutterer to words and situations, and to reduce the maladaptive avoidance and escape behaviors that confirmed stutterers tend to display.

Definition reprinted with permission from Hood, Stephen B. (editor) available from Stuttering Foundation of America: Stuttering Words (Publication No 2: Speech Foundation of America)


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