Questions Raised About Cluttering Definition

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Re: Cluttering Defintion

From: Florence Myers
Date: 20 Apr 2010
Time: 21:14:41 -0500
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I would have to second Ken's comments above, that we have learned from clients that, for some PWC, it is deeply anxiety-provoking much to the detriment of their quality of life in school, at work, in making friends. Whether these emotions stem from the cumulative (after)effects, over the years, of not being understood and/or taunted (as was the case, for example, with Peter K) we do not know. In a way, PWC have an added burden---perhaps compared to PWS---that their very messages are not easily understood. Perhaps this is a contrast between stuttering (where in most instances speaker and listener are quite aware of the word/phrase being encoded and can easily anticipate the intended word) and cluttering (where perhaps neither speaker nor listener know the direction that the message is taking as exemplified by the maze behaviors so often associated with pure cluttering). Another way of putting this is that the PWS says he knows what he wants to say but can't put together the sounds/syllables together (Conture's intramorphemic breakdowns). Some PWC say they often are bombarded by numerous thoughts stimultaneously (Joseph Dewey's metaphor of lightning striking) and can't quite organize these thoughts to encode an organized message. Yet another possible contrast is that adult PWS are so skilled in scanning/planning ahead that they think 5 words ahead to circumlocute. I wonder if PWC would be able to do scan ahead so keenly as to substitute a feared word and still come out with utterances that make sense linguistically. Much food for thought and study!

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