Getting Started with Cluttering Disorder Therapy

Cluttering is a communication disorder that can be found in children and carried on into adulthood without any therapy. Cluttering disorder can increase in complexity as children mature into teenagers and then into adults. It is characterised by someone's speech. If they have 'cluttering' they may speak extremely rapidly without intention, which can cause issues with pronunciation and communication in general.

Cluttering typically involves speech production which sounds rapid and disorganized. A listener may hear an excessive number of breaks in normal flow of speech.

Features of cluttering disorder can include:

  • Excessive over-coarticulation when sounds and syllables become blended together. An example of this is saying, "ferchly" instead of "fortunately",
  • Excessive pauses in places,
  • Excessive use of interjections including examples such as, "um" and "uh",
  • Unfinished words and sentences.

There are many causes of cluttering which often include genetic factors that contribute to your child's development. It is common for cluttering to exist alongside a range of other speaking disorders, such as stammering. It is also common for the person who clutters to not actually realise that they are doing it. As a result, it will be your responsibility to understand when your child shows signs of cluttering and make an appointment to have them diagnosed.

Early diagnosis is crucial to the overall effectiveness of therapy sessions. The earlier we can treat your child, the more likely the chances of your child dealing with their cluttering.

Speech Therapy for Cluttering Disorder

At SpeechAim we have designed a number of speech therapy sessions, specially tailored to improve your child's exact symptoms. We understand that every child will show their own unique symptoms, with no two children being the exact same. As a result, all of our therapy sessions will work one on one with your child to make the best development possible. After an initial consultation session, we will be able to create a program specially designed to counter the symptoms that your child is showing, as well as provide you with a range of tips and tricks that you can use at home to further increase development.

Regardless of age, overtime, learning strategies that are developed from speech therapy for cluttering disorders can be helpful. It is also helpful to keep motivated. Often, success is associated with working hard for change. Therapy can take a lot of practice depending on the person and SpeechAim will be right by your side throughout.

Ways you can help at home

There are many ways in which you can help with your child's cluttering at home. This can have a significant impact, alongside any therapy that we can provide for you. For example:

  • Giving your child extra time to explain themselves and take their time speaking. It is important that they understand there is no need to rush.

  • Breaking your information down into small segments. By breaking down information, your child will be able to better understand how they can break down information when talking themselves.

  • Point out when your child begins to stutter. Do this without antagonising them, just try to create an awareness of when they are doing it.

  • Read books with your child to help them slow down their language and fully understand what they are saying.

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