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From: Klaas Bakker; Missouri State University; Springfield, MO
Date: 03 Oct 2007
Time: 16:34:22 -0500
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
Joseph, Great question! I would like to add one, how often does cluttering occur in young children? It seems to be noticed later in life than stuttering in most cases. I have not personally seen it young children (meaning younger than 7 years of age). This could be why in many cases it is missed in speech therapy in schools. Either cluttering is not so obvious at earlier ages, or it simply doesn't manifest itself as strongly yet. There is a strong need for data about these issues! Mostly, so we can be best prepared for dealing with the problem and preventing that individuals who clutter stay untreated a good part of their life before they are able to get help. It would be absolute fantastic if such data could lead us to ways of preventing it. I don't have hard figures, am not aware of specific studies that have addressed these questions. As DR. Myers indicated, part of the problem is that we need to agree on what we consider cluttering. Most people who clutter also stutter to some degree, and of course there are individuals who only clutter. My educated guess is that if we include all People Who Clutter (PWC; that is regardless of the possible coexistence of stuttering) we may deal with a number somewhat less than People Who Stutter (PWS). I am suspicious, as I expressed before, that the incidence goes up with age, but don't know if there are empirical data that can confirm this.