What are the symptoms of cluttering?
Cluttering is a fluency disorder, and according to the latest research, it often coexists with stuttering and learning disabilities. A person who clutters has a rapid speech rate which is irregular in rhythm and often accompanied by inappropriate pausing and inflection.
How does a person’s speech sound if they clutter?
Speech may sound unclear and blended, especially as words increase in length and complexity. An individual who clutters may be able to say the word mystery clearly, however, as sound complexity increases, they are unable to accurately monitor their speech production. They have trouble pronouncing longer words such as, mysterious or mysteriously.
Why doesn’t the person who clutters correct their speech errors?
When a person who clutters thinks of what they want to say, the formation of the words are clear in their mind. They aren’t cluttering or speaking fast as they plan their sentence. When listeners don’t understand a person who clutters, the person who clutters often believes the listener is at fault. The listener hears unclear speech, at a fast rate and is frustrated because they don’t understand why a person would talk that fast and not even attempt to repeat or self-correct their unclear speech. The person who clutters often feels frustrated with their listener. The person who clutters doesn’t hear the errors and as a result they do not self-correct. Often times a person who clutters will not have the ability to correct errors unless their speech is videotaped and replayed several times to hear the mispronunciations.