Cluttering The Orphan of Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Consult
Clinical Consult  |   May 01, 1993
Cluttering
 
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  • David A. Daly, EdD
    610 East University, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Clinical Consult
Clinical Consult   |   May 01, 1993
Cluttering
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1993, Vol. 2, 6-8. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0202.06
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1993, Vol. 2, 6-8. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0202.06
Does a fluency disorder exist that is unique and different enough from stuttering to be classified as a separate disorder called cluttering?
I saw very few clients with cluttering-like disorders during the 1960s, other than the individuals with mental retardation and excessive disfluency who stuttered whom I encountered during my 5 years in a medically oriented child development center. During the 1970s, however, I directed our national residential summer speech camp, Shady Trails, designed primarily for individuals who stutter. Over a period of 8 summers, I saw only four clients whom I felt reasonably confident in diagnosing as exhibiting cluttering behaviors. But I was amazed at the number of individuals who stutter who had other significant problems and had been referred by clinicians across the country. Specifically, 24% of the referred youngsters who stuttered also showed associated language, memory, motor, and/or articulation problems.
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