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stretched syllables

In order to maintain ongoingness in speaking, and to help the stutterer integrate the components of air, voice and movement, some clinicians encourage the stutterer to lengthen (prolong) the production of syllables. This can be done either as a means of modifying the form of the stuttering, or to help control fluency.
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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)