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From: florence myers
Date: 20 Oct 2007
Time: 15:07:27 -0500
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
You asked one of the most intriguing questions in the world of fluency, Seth. Yes, cluttering and stuttering can coexist. Most SLPs differentiate the two disorders by noting that pure cluttering is manifested by typical disfluencies (such as interjections of um and uh, incomplete phrases followed by revision behaviors), whereas stuttering is manifested by atypical disfluencies (such as prolongations, tense pauses). Stutterers seem to know exactly what they want to say but have difficulty encoding the output at the motoric level (i.e., getting out the sounds and syllables in a smooth fashion). Many people who clutter have difficulty in organizing their thoughts in a cohesive fashion, perhaps because they are experiencing a great deal of rush to get their multiple thoughts across in a somewhat disorganized fashion. I don't think we know enough, however, to know which of the two is the relatively more "dominant" disorder. We'd have to define in what sense is the word "dominant" used, etc... Still, this is a most intriguing question....the relation between stuttering and cluttering.