Treating Cluttered Speech in a Young Child

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Re: Cluttering Therapy for Young Children

From: Lynne Shields
Date: 28 Apr 2010
Time: 21:25:53 -0500
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Christine, We have tried to help Claudia feel more successful, and thus help to manage the internal frustration she experienced, by commenting overtly on the things she did well related to communicating. So, commenting on eye contact positively, rather than always asking her to 'look at me', and telling her how much we enjoy talking with her or how interesting her story telling was, were ways that we tried to emphasize successes. This seems to work well at present, when her metacognitive skills are just beginning to develop. Your second question is about the incidence of cluttering without other co-existing disorders. I would say that I've worked with one child who did not exhibit other speech, language or fluency issues. Otherwise, all of the adults and children who clutter that I have had the pleasure of treating had some other disorder in addition to cluttering. That being said, I've worked with fewer people who clutter than other disorders, so I speak of a fairly small pool of clients--something around a dozen or so, I would guess. Best wishes, Lynne

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