- Category: Joint World Congress 2018 Proceedings
Florence MYERS1, Susanne COOK2,3, and Charley ADAMS2,4
2International Cluttering Association
Abstract. A recent survey of 70 speech-language pathologists indicated that many clinicians feel they need to learn more about the nature of cluttering (Cook & Adams, 2016). At the 2016 American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, the Executive Board of the International Cluttering Association formed an ad-hoc committee to develop a functional, consensus-driven definition of cluttering to help facilitate greater understanding of the nature of cluttering. The committee considered certain premises: that a ‘definition’ of cluttering requires much more research; that reliance on words alone to describe cluttering is not sufficient for the understanding of cluttering; that listening to samples of cluttered speech is obligatory toward understanding the perceptual nature of cluttering; that there is great benefit to be gained by learning from insights shared by people with cluttering (PWC) about their communication. The Three-Pronged Approach for the Conceptualization of Cluttering (TPA-CC) was thus formulated, unveiled at the World Congress in Hiroshima and subsequently uploaded on the International Cluttering Association website to be universally available to professionals and nonprofessionals.