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 child who clutters has a rapid speech rate which is irregular in rhythm and often accompanied by inappropriate pausing and inflection. Speech may sound unclear and blended, especially as words increase in length and complexity (mystery, mysterious, mysteriously). If a child’s speech is rapid, disorganized or abnormal breathing is observed, the diagnosis of cluttering should be considered.
Cluttering is a communication breakdown which may develop into a psychological concern if the child stops communicating due to the stress of talking. The communication channel between friends, family and teachers breaks down and the child doesn’t have the skills to correct the errors. They may feel isolated and misunderstood. Children who clutter need to be supported at home and in the classroom. They need to be taught therapy techniques, so they are better able to self-monitor their fluency.