Speech Therapy

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.

Cluttering Researchers:

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.

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