Some of the most common types of disfluent speech include:
- Single word repetition (e.g. “I I I I I want a hamburger.”)
- Phrase repetition (e.g.,” I want a ham-ham-hamburger.”)
- Blocking (e.g., “I want a ham (pause) burger.”)
- Prolongation (e.g., “I want a hammmmmmmburger.”)
- Avoidance (avoiding saying word/s because the speaker anticipates a disfluent moment)
- Fillers (inserting words/sounds to offer the speaker more time to prepare for what they are saying; "like, "uh", "and".)
Many famous and successful people have had Fluency Disorders like; George Washington, Tiger Woods, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, King George VI, Ed Sheeran, Joe Biden, Kendrick Lamar, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Shquille O’Neal, Charles Darwin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Winston Churchill.
What can you do to help?
- Be patient, don’t rush someone who has a disfluent moment.
- Don’t finish his/her sentences for them.
- Be mindful of your body language and the messages you are sending him/her.
- Don’t tell them to “take a breath” or “calm down.”
If you have concerns about your child’s disfluent moments talk about it with your pediatrician or give us a call to see if we can help!