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preparatory set

The anticipatory response to the conditioned stimuli of an anticipated act of stuttering. The covert rehearsal behavior of the stutterer which he uses in getting ready for the difficulty which he anticipates. This procedure is called the pre-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)