Have you heard of “cluttering”?
Cluttering is a syndrome characterized by a speech delivery rate which is abnormally fast, irregular or both. In addition, the person’s speech is affected by 1) a failure to maintain normally expected sound, syllable, phrase, and pausing patterns and/or 2) greater than expected incidents of dysfluency, the majority of which are unlike those typical of people who stutter (The ASHA Leader, November 18, 2003).
Cluttering is a fluency disorder that is often confused with stuttering. Although the two disorders frequently co-occur, cluttering is actually very different from stuttering:
|Dysfluencies characterized by unfinished words, interjections and revisions
Dysfluencies characterized by sound, syllable or word repetitions, sound prolongations and blocks
|Low awareness of dysfluencies
High awareness of dysfluencies
|Few secondary behaviours
||Many secondary behaviours (e.g., eye blinking, nostril flaring)
|Disorganized speech with some grammatical errors
Well organized speech, but fear and anxiety limit output
|Reading and writing difficulties
||Strength in language arts