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prolonged speech program

As a step toward fluency some clinicians ask the stutterer to go through a series of steps wherein they purposefully prolong sounds and syllables for a predetermined duration of time. Gradually, the extent of the prolongations is reduced until the point where the prolongation is essentially negligible. (See continuous phonation; stretched sylables.)

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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