Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis
Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:
symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these stuttering symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical
professionals, and others, only properly trained mental health
professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can
or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional
factors are considered in addition to the stuttering symptoms in making
proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing
considerations. This information on stuttering symptoms and diagnostic
criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician.
criteria for 307.0 Stuttering
the normal fluency and time patterning of speech (inappropriate for the
individual's age). characterized by frequent occurrences of one or more of the
sound and syllable repetitions
broken words (e.g., pauses within a word)
audible or silent blocking (filled or unfilled pauses in speech)
circumlocutions (word substitutions to avoid problematic words)
produced with an excess of physical tension
(8) monosyllabic whole-word repetitions (e.g., "I-I-I I see him")
The disturbance in fluency interferes with academic or occupational
with social communication.
If a speech-motor or sensory deficit is present, the speech difficulties
are in excess
of those usually associated with these problems.
If a speech-motor or sensory deficit or a neurological condition is
the condition on Axis III.
Also, See: Other Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in
Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence
Other Mental Health
Diagnostic Symptoms and Criteria
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