From the Guest Editor I am so pleased to introduce this special issue of Perspectives. I believe that whether you are a researcher, teacher, and/or clinician, you will find that this issue addresses key concerns you have about cluttering. This communication disorder is misunderstood on many levels as a result of the lack ... Editorial
Editorial  |   July 01, 2009
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Editorial   |   July 01, 2009
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SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, July 2009, Vol. 19, 45. doi:10.1044/ffd19.2.45
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, July 2009, Vol. 19, 45. doi:10.1044/ffd19.2.45
I am so pleased to introduce this special issue of Perspectives. I believe that whether you are a researcher, teacher, and/or clinician, you will find that this issue addresses key concerns you have about cluttering. This communication disorder is misunderstood on many levels as a result of the lack of a clear definition of cluttering, a paucity of well-designed research, limited awareness of existing research and resources outside the United States (US), and limited opportunities for clinical training. Over the past several years, I have had the opportunity to view this misunderstanding from many perspectives. As a researcher completing a survey regarding inclusion of cluttering in a Communication Disorders curriculum, I found that, aside from time issues (which were of concern), many faculty cited the limited amount of solid empirical data as a major roadblock to teaching students about cluttering. As a clinician, I found that training opportunities for treating cluttering were virtually nonexistent, from graduate school on into practice. As Coordinator of the International Cluttering Association (ICA), and therefore an advocate for spreading awareness of the disorder worldwide, I have heard countless stories of misdiagnosis and/or clinicians refusing to recognize cluttering as a disorder. These unfortunate circumstances have had significant negative impact upon those with cluttering and their families.
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