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silent block

A type of stuttering behavior wherein there is a complete stoppage in the flow of speech resulting from total closure within the speech mechanism. The closure may occur at just one location (e.g., throat) or at several locations (e.g., throat and lips.)
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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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