Online Resources on Cluttering: The Other Fluency Disorder

by Judy Kuster

A short column that I wrote Cluttering: The Other Fluency Disorder, appeared in The ASHA Leader, March 2009. The column, which is online, featured several internet resources about "cluttering," and began Typing "clutterer" into a standard search engine quickly leads to resources about hoarding and how to organize/declutter your life. After taking the quiz and determining that I am a clutterer, I am considering joining "clutterers anonymous.".

But to a speech-language pathologist, a "clutterer" is a person who has a unique, relatively unknown fluency disorder. For many years, the classic book by Deso Weiss, (1964) Cluttering, Prentice Hall, was the most widely referred to resource on cluttering.

Below is an attempt to integrate online information about Cluttering into a single site which can be referenced as up-to-date cluttering resources on the Internet as of the time website was created. The site includes:

As cluttering becomes more recognized, researched, and recorded, more Internet resources may be added to this list which is part of the Stuttering Home Page

BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT CLUTTERING

  • St. Louis, K.O., Raphael, L.J., Myers, F.L., and Bakker, K. 2003, Nov. 18. Cluttering Updated. The ASHA Leader, pp. 4-5, 20-22 (Includes "More on Cluttering" which "shows additional difficulties with articulation, rate and speech intelligibility" at the end of the article.
  • St. Louis and Florence Myers A synopsis of Cluttering and its Treatment (1998 ISAD online conference).

    Problems with Defining Cluttering

    Cluttering: A Multi-cultural perspective

    From Consumers: People who live with cluttering

    CLUTTERING VIDEOS

  • Joseph Dewey on Cluttering (a 30 minute video) by Joseph Dewey Comments and questions (online conference)
  • An interview with Peter Kissagizlis: Cluttering and Me by Peter Kissagizlis (formerly of the UK) Comments (online conference) provides an excellent example of cluttered speech in QuickTime and Streamed WMV and samples of Kissagizlis's unguarded writing and typing.
  • The Stuttering Foundation has an excellent 42 minute video on Cluttering available for $10.
  • What is Cluttering - Craig and Chamonix talk about it on the AIS Blog
  • YouTube - Benedictine Monastery
  • YouTube - Therapy Times: Speech Therapist Treats Cluttering Disorder (Like Stuttering)

    ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF CLUTTERING

  • International Cluttering Association's Where to look for help if one clutters (ICA)

    Assessment Information and Tools

    Intervention Information and Tools

    Support Group Opportunities for Clients

    RESEARCH ABOUT CLUTTERING

  • Kuster's extensive Cluttering Bibliography starting 1946 onward (SHP)
  • Bibliographies about cluttering in three languages (ICA)
  • PROCEEDINGS of the First World Conference on Cluttering (First World Cluttering Conference, 2007 Katarino, Bulgaria) are now available as a *.docx file (April 14, 2010) from the International Cluttering Association site.
  • Cluttering Education in Canadian University Programs - 2009 Survey Carla Di Domenicantonio (Canada) Questions/comments(online conference)
  • Verbal Time Estimation in Cluttering Emily Garnett and Kenneth St. Louis (West Virginia, USA) Questions/comments(online conference)
  • Differences in Hesitations between Clutterers and Non-Clutterers by Emily Garnett and Kenneth St. Louis (West Virginia, USA) Questions/comments(online conference)
  • Articulatory Variability in Cluttering by Mariam Hartinger and Christine Mooshammer, Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica 2008;60:64-72
  • For several years, ASHA has maintained handouts presenters at the annual ASHA conventions have provided. There are some handouts archived for presentations about cluttering.

    ADDITIONAL ON-LINE RESOURCES PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT CLUTTERING

  • The July 2009, Volume 19, Number 2 Perspectives , a peer-reviewed newsletter for ASHA Division 4: Fluency and Fluency Disorders, was made available for the 2009 ISAD online conference and as of this writing, the full-text of all the articles from this issue are still available. Other issues of Perspectives are password protected, but allowing this issue to remain open, not only provides good information about cluttering, but also provides an excellent example of a regular benefit for ASHA members - access to current and past Perspectives, and for Special Interest Group members, the opportunity to sign up for CEUs for current issues. If ASHA chooses not to continue making this issue of Perspectives freely available, the abstracts will still be online for those interested and the entire issue will still be available for all Division 4 members.
  • For two hours on January 12, 2009, ASHA's Special Interest Division 4 (Fluency and Fluency Disorders) sponsored a live, 2-hour forum on cluttering featuring a panel of experts (Kathleen Scaler-Scott, Florence Myers, Ellen Bennett Lanouette, and Kenneth St. Louis). The forum was freely-available to all ASHA and NSSLHA members. The event was archived and the discussion is aaccessible to ASHA members on the ASHA website at Cluttering: Information and Issues
  • An article on Wikipedia provides some interesting information on the history of cluttering
  • Cluttering: Resolving the Mystery PPT presentation by Ellen Bennett Lanouette for the 2008 Texas Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
  • Cluttering - brief explanation about cluttering from Speech Disorder website
  • Cluttering: Specialists work to put it on the map of fluency disorders by Jason Mosheim, Vol. 14, Issue 47, Page 6 ADVANCE Magazine
  • Class Handout on Cluttering by Michelle Harmon
  • Cluttering - one of Super Duper's "Handy Handouts" (PDF)
  • Spoonerisms - information about Spoonerisms, a symptom sometimes mentioned in association with cluttering.
  • A cartoon by Jenny Loehr attempts to depict "the fundamental difference between cluttering and stuttering".
  • Help The ICA Choose a Logo by Kathleen Scaler Scott (Pennsylvania, USA) Questions/comments(online conference)
  • Speech Cluttering discussion from 2007 on WrongPlanet.net's "General Autism Discussion" added to information on Cluttering
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