Fluency Disorders


Speech fluency refers to the smooth forward flow of speech in relation to continuity, smoothness, rate, and effort. Stuttering is the most common fluency disorder. It is an interruption in the flow of speaking characterized by irregular disfluencies (prolongations and blocks) that impact rate and rhythm of speech.

The Fluency Disorders specialty clinic provides evaluations and therapy for stuttering, but also for cluttering and rate of speech. We serve preschool, school-age, college students, and adults.

Stuttering Therapy at The George Washington University includes the following:

  • Fluency Shaping is learning a new way of speaking to prevent stuttering
  • Stuttering Modification is learning new techniques to se before, during, or after a stuttering moment to reduce severity
  • Counseling addresses negative thoughts and feelings associated with speech/stuttering

Cluttering Therapy focuses on the symptoms of disorganized language resulting in revisions, phrase repetitions, and interjections, poor communication skills, articulation errors, rapid or irregular speech rate, lack of awareness, and attention problems.

Therapy for rate of speech targets techniques that include vowel prolongation, over-articulation, and phrasing.


Jeanne McHugh

Professor McHugh is the supervisor for the Fluency Disorders Track.


Professor Clare is a clinical supervisor for both the Acquired Neurological Disorders (AND) and Fluency Disorders clinical tracks.