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What are stuttering blocks or stoppages in speech


Blocks or stoppages of speech is sometimes the easiest way to be recognized. Let's watch Drew block on the initial "K" sound in the word "classes"

Child: Like were my "(c)lasses" are. 

Now watch Erica block on the "b" sound at the beginning of the word bumpy and block.

Therapist: So, tell what bumpy speeches means.

Child: (B)umpy speech is like when I have a (b)lock.

Here we see Justin block on the "p" sound in the word pushing.

Therapist: What were speech helpers doing there?

Child: They were (p)ushing too hard.

When we observe blocking, such as what you have just seen, it is less likely that the child will improve without therapy. There are no fixed rules about how often a child has to stutter before we recommend therapy. However, if the child is concerned or frequently produces the type of speech disfluencies we just saw across the different situations for several weeks or months, we will want him to enroll in therapy.