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modifying the stuttering pattern

Refers to the stutterer changing what he does when he stutters. Clinicians suggest that the stutterer can deliberately change his stuttering behavior and learn to stutter in an easier manner. Clinical emphasis is reducing the overall severity of the stuttering rather than replacing it with fluent speech. In so modifying his stuttering pattern he learns to change his way of speaking and develop a style of talking which is less abnormal and free of excessive tensing. A basic fact revealed by laboratory and clinical studies is that the behavior called stuttering is modifiable. (See slide, pull-out, proprioceptive monitoring, easy onset, cancellation, preparatory set.)

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