Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Stuttering, Acquired

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_881-3



Acquired stuttering is a general term referring to a type of fluency impairment that arises following a specific causal event such as stroke, head trauma, neurodegenerative disease, introduction of a pharmacological agent, or significant psycho-emotional stress. Behavioral symptoms include excessive production of part- and whole-word repetitions and, less often, prolongation of speech sounds. These disfluencies are generally similar in form to those seen in developmental stuttering. Individual disfluency profiles vary widely, however, and may include cases with profound fluency impairment and behaviors not typically observed in developmental stuttering, such as stuttering while singing.

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General Characteristics

Acquired stuttering is less common than developmental stuttering (Bloodstein and Bernstein Ratner 2008). Excessive repetition of sounds,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Speech, Language, & Hearing SciencesUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA