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interiorized stuttering

A form of stuttering in which the overt visual and auditory abnormality is concealed, suppressed and hidden from detection. Although no overt features are observed, the stutterer pays a high price for "successfully" avoiding stuttering because of the anxiety involved in being constantly vigilant. Also called "internalized 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)