Monitoring Feedback As You Speak

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From: Emily Garnett
Date: 14 Apr 2010
Time: 15:45:45 -0500
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I think this is an interesting approach. I think feedback is definitely a component. When I was younger (and now to some degree) and I had to give presentations or speak on something for classes, I remember distinctly having NO IDEA what I had just said. Not knowledge-wise, as I was prepared for my speeches, but "in the moment" I had little to no feedback going on as to what I had just said. Back then I did not even realize it but now that I have studied cluttering, I realize that is what the issue was. I was unable to attend to my own speech WHILE speaking, and I believe that is why I had such difficulty with my speech. People would always tell me to slow down and enunciate and I thought they were crazy! I have never been diagnosed as a clutterer, and don't think I do it very often now, but I do believe I am a "recovered" clutterer, in a way. Now, before presentations, I practice OVER AND OVER what I am going to say, and I listen to myself WHILE I am practicing. For example, before my masters thesis defense, I practiced my presentation at least 10 times. I have found that rehearsal beforehand has helped a great deal, but of course that is not possible with spontaneous conversation. Just ask my friend when I leave her voicemails. Sometimes I ramble on and make no sense whatsoever! :) Also, I do notice that when I DO clutter now, that it is a very "phonetic" occurrence, if that makes sense. I realize, being an SLP, that my place and manner of articulation are incorrect (or missing altogether). So while I think increase awareness and monitoring of feedback is definitely a therapy strategy, perhaps more detail to the phonetics of speech should be targeted. Very interesting!

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