2018 Joint World Congress: Hiroshima, Japan

Florence MYERS1, Susanne COOK2,3,  and Charley ADAMS2,4

1Adelphi University, Garden City, NY USA fmyers@adelphi.edu

2International Cluttering Association 

3Fairfax County Public Schools, VA USA susanne.cook@me.com

4University of South Carolina, SC USA cfadams@mailbox.sc.edu

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.

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