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Stuttering comprises interruptions to the free flow of speech, which interfere with communication, without mechanical impairment of the organs of speech. Stuttering (or stammering) refers to speech interruptions beyond normal levels at each age, and also differs from the hesitancies and repetitions of the young child in that physical and emotional tension makes the stuttering worse as he tries to overcome his handicap. Eventually the stutterer avoids situations associated with difficulty in speaking, and this further increases social handicap.

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