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 they make speech errors, the formation of the words are clear in their mind. However, when listeners don’t understand them they believe the listener is at fault. They don’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.
If a person’s speech is rapid, disorganized or abnormal breathing is observed, the diagnosis of cluttering should be considered.