Monday, June 1, 2009

Cluttering is not the same as stuttering

In my previous post on filler words I mentioned that some people have a problem with speaking smoothly that is called cluttering. I linked to the Stuttering Foundation’s brochure on cluttering which begins by stating that:

“Like stuttering, cluttering is a fluency disorder, but the two disorders are not the same. Cluttering involves excessive breaks in the normal flow of speech that seem to result from disorganized speech planning, talking too fast or in spurts, or simply being unsure of what one wants to say. By contrast, the person who stutters typically knows exactly what he or she wants to say but is temporarily unable to say it. To make matters even more confusing, since cluttering is not well known, many who clutter are described by themselves or others as ‘stuttering.’ Also, and equally confusing, cluttering often occurs along with stuttering.”

Jenny Loehr shows the fundamental difference between the two with this cartoon.

In the March 2009 issue of the ASHA Leader Judith Maginnis Kuster discussed cluttering in her article titled: Cluttering: The Other Fluency Disorder. She gives a lot of useful web links. (I got to the Jenny Loehr cartoon from her list). She also links to the International Cluttering Association (ICA).

Ms. Kuster also links to an article where Joseph Dewey describes his personal experiences with cluttering. Mr. Dewey wrote a guide at you’d like know…like…using filler words. He also runs an online Yahoo support group mentioned on the ICA web site.


Pam said...

Great information here. Found this through a link to another site that I read regularly. I am a person who stutters, and am the President of my Toastmasters Club, called Captital Toastmasters.
I think Toastmasters is great for anyone wishing to improve communication and confidence.
I have been involved in speech therapy, and have met a couple of kids and an adult who clutter. It is not the same, at all.
I am also a fan of Judy Kuster. She maintains the great site and really works hard keep people up to date on trends in fluency disorders.Being open about my stuttering and Toastmasters have both helped me tremendously.
I agree that moving from fear to joy is an awesome experience. Too bad it took me so long to do that!

Richard I. Garber said...

Thank you for pointing me to Judy Kuster’s Stuttering home page I will refer to it when I post about stuttering.