About cluttering

Have you heard about cluttering and want to know what it is? This page will tell you some key facts.

What is cluttering?

Cluttering is the term used to describe a speech pattern that sounds too fast, too irregular or jerky, or both.

People who clutter also typically:

  • repeat whole words or phrases a lot so that they are hard to understand
  • leave out syllables especially longer words (i.e. “puter” for “computer”)
  • pause in unusual places
  • have an unusual rhythm and syllable stress in their speech
  • blur words together (i.e. “incredible” = “incrible”)

People who clutter may also have:

  • disorganised expressive language
  • other speech sound or language errors
  • little or no awareness of difficulty (people who clutter are often aware that people often tell them to slow down but they don’t understand why)

Therapy for cluttering

Therapy can help people who clutter learn how to:

  • look out for listener reactions and spot clues that someone hasn’t understood so they can make their message clearer
  • use more pauses (this helps to sound slower and gives the listener time to process what what the person is saying)
  • over-emphasise sounds, especially on critical words, so speech sounds clearer
  • develop overall communication skills
  • develop confidence in communicating.

Find out more about cluttering



Internal Cluttering Online Conference 2010:

International Cluttering Association (ICA): ICA website (

I think I might clutter

Look at information about our assessment clinic and how to get referred to the MPC or to your local speech and language therapy service for adults.


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