The ICA Adopts the Cluttering Orphan In 1964, Deso Weiss poignantly described cluttering as an orphan in the field of speech-language pathology. For more than 40 years since that time, most speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and other professionals were confused about cluttering, like people wandering in the desert. But recently, they have all been given a ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2008
The ICA Adopts the Cluttering Orphan
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  • Isabella K. Reichel
    Fluency Renaissance Center, New York, NY
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Articles
Article   |   August 01, 2008
The ICA Adopts the Cluttering Orphan
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2008, Vol. 18, 84-86. doi:10.1044/ffd18.2.84
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2008, Vol. 18, 84-86. doi:10.1044/ffd18.2.84
In 1964, Deso Weiss poignantly described cluttering as an orphan in the field of speech-language pathology. For more than 40 years since that time, most speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and other professionals were confused about cluttering, like people wandering in the desert. But recently, they have all been given a glimpse of the Promised Land, with the convening of the First International Conference on Cluttering in Katarino, Bulgaria, featuring the formation of the International Cluttering Association (ICA), under the passionate leadership of Kathleen Scaler Scott. With these groundbreaking events, awareness of cluttering—among professionals as well as the general public—has begun to be heightened as never before. The process of adoption of cluttering in the family of speech-language pathology has now begun! The main objective of the ICA is to bring together researchers, SLPs, consumers, and the general public to increase awareness of cluttering in all parts of the world. Through such a partnership, the ICA hopes to serve as a springboard for work among researchers, consumers, and SLPs in the field of cluttering, eventually leading toward a consensus regarding the definition of cluttering and an increase in documentation of the evidence base for effective diagnosis and treatment of cluttering. Furthermore, the ICA hopes that its newly formed and rapidly expanding Web site will serve as a valuable resource for those with the communication disorder of cluttering, their families and friends, SLPs providing treatment, and professors training these SLPs.
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