Questions Raised About Cluttering Definition

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Re: Thank you and Question

From: Florence Myers
Date: 17 Apr 2010
Time: 10:52:24 -0500
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In addition to the "anonymous" message above as well as the "Article 14" message below, I wanted to add that we need research to see if there are subgroups of PWC. Klaas has mentioned about using factor/cluster analysis to treat the data. (Recall that Preus did this for the subgroups of PWS that Van Riper wrote about.) If in fact PWC are encoding faster than they should, this may account for the multiplicity and variations of symptoms we see. That is, for some PWC their excessive rate (relative to their abilities) may result in coarticulatory anomalies, for others disfluencies that reflect language formulation issues. A promising note in all this is that once we can get the PWC to slow down, the cluttering behaviors are greatly attenuated. This ability to monitor and modulate comes more easily to some than others, perhaps analogous to automobile drivers (some are more inclined to speed than others). A qualifier to the latter is that it that even if the therapist gets the PWC to monitor and modulate, it may come "naturally" to PWC to sustain this monitoring and modulation in everyday situations, or in extended extemporaneous talk.

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