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The technique used in therapy of responding to the occurrence of a moment of stuttering by a deliberate pause followed by a second attempt on the word in which a different and more fluent form of stuttering is used. This consists of coming to a complete halt after the stuttered word has been finally uttered, pausing a moment and then attempting to say the word again with less struggle and avoidance. This does not imply that on the second trial the stutterer is to be fluent; rather, he should attempt a modified and easier form of stuttering. This procedure is called post-block correction by some clinicians

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