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distraction (stuttering glossary)

The diversion of attention: filling the mind with thoughts of other things so that the expectancy of stuttering is minimized. Keeping the anticipatory emotions of stuttering from consciousness, thus temporarily effecting release from fear of stuttering and the act of stuttering.

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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