Fluency is the ability to smoothly produce speech sounds, syllables, phrases, words, and sentences. Stuttering is a disruption in the flow of speech, and makes it difficult for an individual to say what they want to say. 

You may hear or see an individual:

  • repeating sounds, syllables or words
  • prolonging sounds
  • stopping a sound (blocking)
  • struggling to get words out
  • avoiding talking or showing signs of anxiety or frustration around talking
  • having interjections with repeated or prolonged sounds
  • exhibiting physical signs of effort when speaking.

Stuttering often begins between ages two and five years, and some children this age will experience normal non-fluency which will disappear without intervention.