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spontaneous recovery

Some children gradually or rapidly experience a return to fluent speech, without the benefit of formal therapy, and this is often referred to as spontaneous recovery.

Another meaning for the term, based on learning theory, refers to the fact that there will be an increase in the frequency and/or severity of stuttering, subsequent to a sufficient interval of time, following adaptation to a reading passage. A behavior such as stuttering, which was temporarily decreased, will regain some of its former strength after the passage of a sufficient time interval.

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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