Cluttering is a communication disorder characterised by a rapid rate of speech that may come out too fast without proper pronunciation and be somewhat erratic.
'Cluttering is likely to contain one or more of the following key elements: abnormally fast speech rate, or uncontrolled bursts of fast speech; reduced intelligibility due to overcoarticulation and indistinct articulation; disturbances in language planning; greater than expected number of disfluencies.'
Stuttering and Cluttering' by David Ward, 2006, p152.
Cluttering can exist alongside other disorders, including stammering. Sometimes the speaker is unaware that their speech is disfluent at all; others are aware but seem unable to do anything about it. Many people wrongfully categorise clutterers with stammerers. Although this is incorrect, there are similarities.
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- Cluttering (Stuttering Foundation of America) - Guidelines for identifying cluttered speech and helping to treat it, from the Stuttering Foundation of America. Also available to buy from the BSA shop.
- International Cluttering Association. Their website includes 'Speaking of cluttering', a brochure for children.
- First Online Cluttering Conference - Ran to 5th May 2010, and still accessible online.
- Cluttering Yahoo group - Internet group, including for friends and family.
In 2012, Theatr Ffynnon and Sherman Cymru Youth Theatre in Cardiff presented 'Cluttering' - d-d-d–do y:ou re-really (h)ear m:e? 'This explored what happens between the listener and speaker when the 'expectation of communication is violated'. The Theatr Ffynnon web page is www.theatrffynnon.co.uk/theatre/cluttering/ and there is a blog at www.clutteringproject.co.uk