International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2006

isad06.jpegDon't talk ABOUT us, talk WITH us!

welcome.gifto the ninth!! International Online Conference on Stuttering, chaired by Judith Kuster, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The online conference itself is freely available, but is also available for 1.5 CEU's (15 hours) or 1 semester credit. To learn how to register for the ISAD online conference for MSU, Mankato CEU's or college credit open this link.

announcements.gifISAD2006 information and events are available here.

Flags of countries of people participating in the online conference (flags will be added as I am able verify additional countries participating)

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International Stuttering Awareness Day (October 22) began in 1998, spear-headed by Michael Sugarman, Oakland, California. ISAD recognizes the growing alliance between speech-language professionals and consumers, who are learning from each other and working together to share, give support, and educate one another and the general public on the impact that stuttering has on individuals' lives. Online conferences, organized by Judy Kuster, have been an integral part of International Stuttering Awareness Day since its inception.

For participants who need some basic information about stuttering, please read about Stuttering from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Additional information is available on the Stuttering Home Page.

This year's conference is designed for people who stutter, their families and employers, the professionals who work with them, students in training and their instructors.

Beginning October 1 there are papers covering a variety of topics related to fluency and fluency disorders, as well as "The Professor is In" where you can ask questions of several professionals.

The contributions in this conference reflect professional and consumer interests about stuttering and are presented by over 60 individuals representing 22 different countries on 5 different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. By October 22, 2006, International Stuttering Awareness Day, the authors of the papers will respond as they wish. Feel free to post your questions/comments at any time and check back on International Stuttering Awareness Day for any response from the author. Contributors to the conference are solely responsible for the information they provide. The conference organizer and Minnesota State University cannot be responsible for nor can we attest to the accuracy or efficacy of the information others provide. The authors' papers will be permanently archived on the Stuttering Home Page for you to read at any time.

Instructions - please read! The papers are linked to the button to the left and are also hyperlinked. After you have opened the paper, the link will turn green to remind you that you've already opened that paper. The questions/comments page may be accessed at the top or bottom of each paper, or from the link after the title of the paper in the index. Please read the instructions on how to post questions/comments. For AOL users (and perhaps some other ISPs) your post may not appear until the following day due to a "dynamic caching" feature of AOL.Remember that there are many people writing and attending this conference for whom English is not their first language. The Altavista Translation Service may help those who don't read English well to understand some of these papers. If you put the URL (address) of any paper into the above site, you can ask that the paper be translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, or Portuguese. It will not be a perfect translation, but you should be able to get the idea.

Please ask questions that are relevant to the papers and refrain from developing a personal topic. It is expected that participants will remain cordial. The coordinator of the conference retains the right to delete posts considered inappropriate.

One final request - you are of course free to read and respond to any/all of the papers. For students and others intending to read all of the papers, I have a request. Those whose last names begin A-L, please start reading the conference papers from the last paper to the first. For those whose last names begin M-Z, please start with the papers at the beginning.

Office Hours - The Professor Is In

prof.jpegSeveral university professors have agreed to serve as a panel to answer appropriately-posed questions about stuttering. This is especially designed as a good opportunity for parents of children who stutter, and for children, teens, and for adults who stutter to ask questions of several highly qualified specialists in the area of stuttering. It is not for lengthy discussion/debate or for students assigned to "post something to the online conference."

list of professors here

The Experts (PWS) Speak For Themselves

blueball.gif ExtraOrdinary People Who Stutter, interviews by Judy Kuster's undergraduate stuttering class members featuring Lars Afeldt (Sweden), Anita Scharis Blom (Sweden), Eric Christensen (Minnesota, USA), Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso, W. Africa), Mario D'Hont (Belgium), Gloria Klumb (Wisconsin, USA), Renee Krul (New Jersey, USA), Joseph Lukong (Cameroon, W. Africa), Jim McClure (Illinois, USA), Cynthia Scace (Vermont, USA), David Shifren (New York, USA), Andreas Starke (Germany), Ray Tong (China), Tony Troiano (New York, USA), Bernie Weiner (Michigan, USA), Bonnie Weiss (New York, USA), Gang Wu (China)

blueball.gif Brighter Days for People Who Stutter in Africa: Outcome of the First African Conference on Stuttering by Joseph Lukong (Cameroon, West Africa)

The following short papers reflect the spreading self-help movement for people who stutter in Africa.

blueball.gif Self Help in Mauritania by Maciste Abdoullah (Mauritania, Africa)

blueball.gifA New Day for Stammerers in Chad by Ousmane Issa Bourkou Sainta (Chad, Africa)

blueball.gifISAD 2005 - Burkina Faso, West Africa by Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso, West Africa)

blueball.gifThe Absence Of Modern Speech Therapy In Nigeria: The Culture Perspective by Akintunde Adeyemi (Nigeria, West Africa)

blueball.gifStammering/Stuttering in Uganda by Joseph Nsubuga (Uganda, West Africa)

blueball.gifEmerging A Self Help Group In Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. My Journey Into The World Of Stammering by Adeline Vekerh (Equatorial Guinea, Central Africa)

blueball.gifStuttering in Sudan and new Hopes for the Persons Who Stutter (PWS): Survey Study in Khartoum State Primary Schools by Sami Awad Yasin (Khartoum, Sudan, Africa)

blueball.gifAssociation AVB-MALI (Struggle Against Stuttering) by Diallo Oumou Sidibe (Mali, West Africa)

blueball.gifParole d'Espoir - from stuttering to freedom by Jim Caroopen (Mauritius, Africa)

blueball.gifStammering in Ghana by Anass Mohammed (Ghana, West Africa)

blueball.gifSouth Africa by Kelemogile Watson Lekalake (South Africa)

blueball.gifBenin by Ayodè Edith Ochoumareo (Benin)

blueball.gif Technology: A friend or foe of someone who stutters? by Alan Badmington (Wales)

blueball.gif Winning the Inner Game by Winton Bates (Australia)

blueball.gif Is Stuttering a Disability?: Speech at the International Fluency Association World Congress by Anita Blom (Sweden)

blueball.gif Group Meeting: Play about Stuttering by Marija Cvetkovic (Croatia)

blueball.gif Because I Stutter by Russ Hicks (Texas, USA)

blueball.gif Influence of Stuttering on Career Decisions: A Personal Story by Prakhar Sachan (India)

blueball.gif Mind Matters by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Wisconsin, USA)

blueball.gif Success! In Spite Of (or maybe because of?) Stuttering - Personal Stories by Tony Stewart (England) and Robert Van Keilegom (Belgium)

blueball.gif Changing The World For People Who Stutter by Michael Sugarman (California, USA)

Research about stuttering

blueball.gif Virtual reality and stuttering: Opportunities and challenges by Shelley Brundage (Washington, DC USA)

blueball.gif Preparing Clinicians to Treat Stuttering by Robert Kroll (Canada), Frances Cook (England), Luc De Nil (Canada) and Nan Ratner (Maryland, USA)

blueball.gifThe telehealth adaptation of the Lidcombe Program of early stuttering intervention by Christine Lewis (Australia)

blueball.gifThe Impact of Stuttering at Work: Challenges and Discrimination by Marshall Rice and Robert Kroll (Canada)

blueball.gifWhat's in a Name? by Ken St. Louis (West Virginia, USA)

blueball.gifThe Existence of Stuttering in Sign Language and other Forms of Expressive Communication: Sufficient Cause for the Emergence of a New Stuttering Paradigm? by Greg Snyder (Mississippi, USA)

blueball.gifStuttering in Sudan and new Hopes for the Persons Who Stutter (PWS): Survey Study in Khartoum State Primary Schools by Sami Awad Yasin (Khartoum, Sudan, Africa)

Stuttering: Information and Issues

blueball.gif The Team: Who They Are, What They Do, and How To Join - Willie Botterill (England), Edwin Farr (England), and Mark Irwin (Australia)

blueball.gifKeep Spreading the Word - a 5-minute QuickTime movie of how information about stuttering is spreading around the world through ISAD, ISA, IFA, ELSA, ASHA, SFA, and other organizations and individuals. Produced by Lee Nelson & Michael Sugarman

Clinical Nuggets: Treatment Treasures and Activities - Short Papers Each Sharing a Therapy Idea

blueball.gifFluency Yahtzee: A Game of Choice Ellen Bennett (Texas, USA)

blueball.gifSelf & Double Charting: A Self-Monitoring Strategy for School-Age Children Who Stutter Kristen Chmela (Illinois, USA)

blueball.gifInternet Blogging in Stuttering Treatment Craig Coleman (Pennsylvania, USA)

blueball.gifTeasing Inventory for School Age Kids Who Stutter Constance Dugan (Illinois, USA)

blueball.gifA Family Activity To Address The Problem Of Interruptions Erin Dyer (Wisconsin, USA)

blueball.gifStuttering: For Kids By Kids by Jane Fraser (Tennessee, USA) and Judy Kuster (Minnesota, USA)

blueball.gifMy Story: A PowerPoint Teaching Tool Diane Games (Ohio, USA)

blueball.gifStuttering Jeopardy by Judy Kuster (Minnesota, USA)

blueball.gifDear Abby Letters: Talking Openly About Stuttering Peter Reitzes (New York, USA)

blueball.gifMy Favorite Activity for Stuttering Therapy: Lost at Sea Gary Rentschler (Pennsylvania, USA)

blueball.gifStuttering is Okay Luc Tielens and Timothy (Belgium)

blueball.gifJock Transfer Dale Williams (Florida, USA)

blueball.gif The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is...The Perfect Job: Tips for Getting (and Keeping) a Job by Beth Bienvenu (Maryland, USA)

blueball.gif How Your Expectations Can Sink Your Ship by John Harrison (California, USA)

blueball.gif Are people who stutter truly oppressed? by Louise Heite (Alaska, USA)

blueball.gif Up Close And Personal: Living With a Legend by Devon Williams Kundel (Missouri, USA), Marian Sheehan (Washington, USA) and Jane Fraser (Tennessee, USA)

blueball.gifReactive or Proactive: How Do You Respond to Stuttering? by Tim Mackesey, (Georgia, USA)

blueball.gifLiberating Ourselves as Clinicians: The Care and Feeding of Us and Our Clients by Catherine Montgomery (New York, USA)

blueball.gifStuttering Well: The Clinician's Use of Positive Language by Peter Reitzes (New York, USA)

blueball.gifTwo philosophies of treatment for stuttering in China by Ren Zhiqiang (China) and Yao Xinshan (China), translated by Huang Haiyin (China)

blueball.gifWhat Does Transactional Analysis Tell Us About Therapy for Stuttering? by William Rosenthal (California, USA)

blueball.gifThe Culture of Stuttering by George Shames (Pennsylvania, USA)

blueball.gifWhat People Who Stutter Have Taught Me About Demons and Freedom by Cindy Spillers (Minnesota, USA)

blueball.gifOrganic Therapy by Michael Susca (California, USA)

Conference Available to Read Off-Line

Viren Gandhi from India has created a single zip file of all the conference papers that can be downloaded and read offline. It will open on either a PC or a MAC. When the files are unzipped (PC) or unstuffed (MAC), it creates the same structure as it is on Internet. When you click on it, it opens the ISAD9 Main Conference Page and then you can read the papers on ISAD9 offline as it is on Internet, but without access to all the questions/comments and answers, the sound files, or the powerpoints that are part of some of the papers. For PC users who prefer, an exe file is also avaiable. Download it to your desktop and click on the "index" file. This will not work on a MAC computer. If you have questions, please address them to Viren Gandhi (

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