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From: Virginia Papso
Date: 28 Apr 2010
Time: 19:53:37 -0500
Remote Name: 22.214.171.124
I am a senior Speech Path and Audiology student of Dr. Ken StLouis at WVU (like many of the others I have seen commenting on your article) and while I learned a ton about stuttering in his class, I still couldn’t wrap my head around what differentiates stuttering from cluttering. Prior to reading this paper, I thought of stuttering and cluttering as very similar problems because “cluttering” was not so much covered class but was mentioned briefly (because cluttering is such a rare problem whereas stuttering is much, much more common and the overview class is only for half a semester).While reading this, I kind of had the same “ah-ha” moment that you did. This has taught me that cluttering is not as comparable to stuttering as I though it was. I really liked that you said ” I always thought that in spite of the diagnosis, we still need to treat the symptoms” and agree with that 100%. It is so much more important to focus on the specific problems that the client is having than to concentrate on what the disorder is called. Despite the disorder, clients come to SLPs to have their problems relating to speech and language fixed--so focusing more on the different symptoms as opposed to treating the disorder as a whole is most effective!!