Thank you to Craig for taking the time to share his experiences with cluttering.
Cluttering is defined as “a fluency disorder characterized by a rate that is perceived to be abnormally rapid, irregular or both for the speaker (although measured syllable rates may not exceed normal limits). These rate abnormalities further are manifest in one or more of the following symptoms: an excessive number of dysfluencies, the majority of which are not typical of people who stutter; the frequent placement of pauses and use of prosodic patterns that do not conform to syntactic and semantic constraints; and inappropriate (usually excessive) degrees of coarticulation among sounds, especially in multisyllabic words.”
Many people who clutter also stutter and often have difficulty with monitoring their speech as well as reading listener’s reactions.
Cluttering has been getting a lot more attention recently with the formation of the International Cluttering Association (ICA) after the 1st International Cluttering Conference was held in Bulgaria in May 2007. The Stuttering Foundation has an informative DVD, and a fantastic new brochure was released by the International Cluttering Association to help increase awareness about cluttering.
The reality is that there are many people who clutter that have no idea that there is a name for what they struggle with. There is a growing understanding of cluttering and therapy approaches that are improving over time. We have worked with many clients who clutter and both stutter and clutter.
Have you ever heard of cluttering? According to this information, do you think that you might clutter?
1. St. Louis, K., Myers, F., Bakker, K., & Raphael, L. (2007). Understanding and treating cluttering. In E. G. Conture & R. F. Curlee (Eds.), Stuttering and related disorders of fluency (3rd ed., p. 297-325). New York: Thieme.