What Is Cluttering ?
Cluttering is also called Tachyphemia. This is considered as a language disorder rather than a speech disorder.
The following symptoms are common in Cluttering:
- Abnormal rapid rate of speech,
- Irregular speech,
- Loss of fluency,
- Frequent pauses,
- Incorrect syntax of grammar,
- Speaking unrelated words,
- Short attention,
- Poor concentration,
- Poor ability to organize thoughts into words,
- Inability to listen properly
Cluttering occurs especially when the speaker is nervous. A Clutterer can have problems in thinking, writing, conversing and typing. Clutterers find it difficult to make sounds properly while starting a speech. They even lose fluency towards the end of the speech. they easily deviate from their topic. It shows effortless speaking. Distorted /r/ and /l/ are common. Loud monotone speech ends in murmur.
Clutterers are generally unaware of their disorder. So they appear indifferent to the therapist. Story-telling sessions are very helpful. The therapist use story-telling pictures to narrate stories. Practising pausing between words, phrases and sentences along with language therapy is very beneficial.
History Of Cluttering:
Battaros, a Libyan king; spoke very quickly and in a disordered pattern. People who spoke like him were then said to be suffering from ‘Battarismus’. In 1960s, it was named tachyphemia. It means “fast speech” in Greek.
Research on Cluttering is still in its infancy. Maximum studies were made in the 1960s which then faded. The most famous researchers are – Deso Weiss, Charles Van Riper, Lawrence Raphael etc.
Famous Clutterers are:
According to Weiss, Battaros, Demosthenes, Justinian, Otto von Bismarck, Pericles and Winston Churchill were Clutterers.