International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2007


welcome.gifto the tenth!! 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.gifISAD2007 information and events are available here.

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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 90 individuals representing 29 different countries on 5 different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. By October 22, 2007, 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. FFor AOL users (and perhaps some other ISPs) your post may not appear until the following day due to a "dynamic caching" feature of AOL.bablefish.gifRemember 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. 

intertran.jpegYou can also try InterTran, a new translation service which will translate English text into the following languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, European Portuguese, Filipino/Tagalog, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian/Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh, Latin.

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

Research about Stuttering

blueball.gif Locus of Control in Adults Who Stutter by Orlin Baev (Bulgaria)

blueball.gif Cluttering: Characteristics Identified as Diagnostically Significant by 60 Fluency Experts by David Daly (Michigan, USA)

blueball.gif Neurogenic stuttering - so much we know, so much we still need to discover! by Luc DuNil (Canada)

blueball.gif Lasting blissful relief from early stuttering? by Mark Onslow (Australia)

blueball.gif Why Do So Many Stutterers Fail to Stutter When Alone and How Can This Phenomonen Be Used in Treatment? by Ilia Rasskazov and Natalia Rasskazova (Russian Federation)

blueball.gif Part I: Speech Disfluency in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Clinical Problem Solving for Autistic Disorders by Vivian Sisskin (Maryland, USA) and Kathleen Scaler Scott (Louisiana, USA)

blueball.gif Part II: Speech Disfluency in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Clinical Problem Solving for Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified and Asperger Syndrome by Kathleen Scaler Scott (Louisiana, USA) and Vivian Sisskin (Maryland, USA)

blueball.gif The use of drama-therapy in the rehabilitation of stuttering patients by Donatella Tomaiuoli, Francesca Del Gado, Paola Falcone, Calogero Marchese, Eleonora Pasqua, and Maria Grazia Spinetti (Rome, Italy)

The Experts (PWS) Speak For Themselves

blueball.gif A Magical Place, A Magical World by Taro Alexander (New York, USA)

blueball.gif Stuttering In Cameroon To Take A Different Course Of Thought: Exploring Solutions For The Future by Jonas Berinyuy (Cameroon, West Africa)

blueball.gif "Parole d'Espoir" - making gains in fluency through self-help and friendship in Mauritius by Jim Caroopen (Mauritius, Africa)

blueball.gif The Challenges Associated With Dysfluency And University Life: Personal Perspective Of A Mild Covert Stutterer by Rob Grieve (England)

blueball.gif Once Upon a Brain Aneurysm by Brian Humphrey (Florida, USA)

blueball.gif Lost in the stuttering woods: Ten years later by Joe Klein (New York, USA)

blueball.gif Putting Cluttering on the World Map: Formation of the International Cluttering Association by Florence Myers (New York, USA) and Peter Kissagizlis (England, UK)

blueball.gif Solution-Oriented Life: A Journey to Imperfect Fluency by Gunars Neiders (Washington, USA)

blueball.gif My Brain Has A Mind Of Its Own by John Paskievich (Canada)

blueball.gif Creating Conditions for Change by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Wisconsin, USA)

Messages for Teens About Living With Stuttering - Short Papers by Some Experts

blueball.gif Two Things I Wish I'd Known About Stuttering When I Was Younger by Alan Badmington (Wales, UK)

blueball.gif Should I tell them or should I be cool? by Anita Blom (Sweden)

blueball.gif You Can Do It---Avoid Avoiding by Judith Eckardt (Arizona, USA)

blueball.gif From Both Sides of the Table by Andy Floyd (Colorado, USA)

blueball.gif "How bad do you stutter?" by Russ Hicks (Texas, USA)

blueball.gif Life is a Journey by Joe Klein, New York, USA)

blueball.gif Hindsight is Always 20:20 by Jim McClure (New Mexico, USA)

blueball.gif Lessons Learned by Lee Reeves (Texas, USA)

blueball.gif Being Real by David Shapiro (North Carolina, USA)

New Internet Technologies

blueball.gif Messages about self-help from around the world - 3 minute videos from self-help group members

Orlin Baev Bulgaria
Anita Blom Sweden
Hermann Christmann Denmark
Moussa Dao Burkina Faso, Africa
Mel Hoffman USA
Arne Hope Norway
Shinji Ito Japan
Dritan Kici Albania
Thomas Krall Germany
Prem Kumar India
Joseph Lukong Cameroon
Jiri Mazoch Czech Republic
Mario Medven Croatia
Velda Osborne United Kingdom
Benny Ravid Israel
Indra Lal Shrestha Nepal
Salad Tutana Kenya, Africa
Ella Valve Finland
Ronald Van Drunen Netherlands
Zung-Shan, Li China

blueball.gif Extending the Self-Help Movement in the Digital Domain by Greg Snyder and Peter Reitzes (Mississippi and New York, USA)

blueball.gif Live audio/video conferencing with Skype - talk online with people who stutter by Gina Waggott (England, UK). Jan Gaudissabois (Belgium) and Judy Kuster (Minnesota, USA)
Live ISAD chats are scheduled on October 7 and 14 (as practice) and a big, official chat is scheduled on International Stuttering Awareness Day - October 22. All chats will take place at 8 pm GMT (UK time) and everyone is invited.

blueball.gif Add Altered Auditory Feedback to Your Toolbox... For Free by Richard Arenas (Iowa, USA)

blueball.gif You Tube: If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them by Leys Geddes (England, UK)

Stuttering: Information and Issues

blueball.gif Two Stuttering Foundation Brochures Translated into 17 Languages by Sybren Bouwsma (Netherlands), Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso), Elena Dyakova (Russia), Manfred Fitzner (Germany), Dobrinka Georgieva and Meglina Simonska (Bulgaria), Hjörleifur Ingason (Iceland), Hee Cheong Chon (Korea), Arne Hope (Norway), Dritan Kici (Albania), Masuhiko Kawasaki (Japan), Per Knudsen (Denmark), Jiri Mazoch (Czech Republic), Sandra Merlo and Ignes Maia Ribeiro (Brazil), Barak Liberman (Israel), Indra Lel Shrestha (Nepal), Satyendra Kumar Srivastava (India) and Wang Qiang (China)

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

blueball.gif Fluency Rubrics by Wendy Burns (Virginia, USA)

blueball.gif Conversations About Stuttering by Judy Butler (Massachusetts, USA) 

blueball.gif Speaking Outside the Box by Joan Cahalan (Nebraska, USA) 

blueball.gif Goal Setting: Optimism Sprinkled With a Pinch of Realism by Andy Floyd (Colorado, USA) 

blueball.gif Time Pressure Power Point by Diane Games (Ohio, USA) 

blueball.gif Which Behavior Can I Change? by Diane Games (Ohio, USA) 

blueball.gif A Social Interaction activity for teens and adults who stutter by Lori Melnitsky (New York, USA) 

blueball.gif Dealing with Avoidances, Fears, and Attitudes Through a Hierarchy by Michael Nawrocki and Katie Dauer (Minnesota, USA) 

blueball.gif Famous People Who Stutter by Nina Reardon-Reeves (Texas, USA) 

blueball.gif Using infomercials in therapy by Nina Reardon-Reeves (Texas, USA) 

blueball.gif Stuttering Interviews Peter Reitzes (New York, USA)

blueball.gif Do you really know what your client thinks?: Therapy by Listening Lynne Shields (Missouri, USA)

blueball.gif A Group Therapy Experience for Adults Who Stutter Ken St. Louis (West Virginia, USA)

blueball.gif Fulbright Senior Specialist Opportunities in Stuttering by Susan Felsenfeld (Connecticut, USA) and Judith Kuster (Minnesota, USA)

blueball.gif Seven Principles of Stuttering Therapy by Charley Healey (Nebraska, USA)

blueball.gif War and Stuttering by Dritan Kici (Albania)

blueball.gif The world of stuttering at your fingertips: SLP student participation in the ISAD online conference by Charlie Osborne, Stepheni Balcsik, and Elizabeth Boettcher (Wisconsin, USA)

blueball.gif Support/study groups for SLPs by Lourdes Ramos-Heinrichs, Sandra Garzón, Maureen Larkin, Virginia Nicholson, Jose Sanchez, and Helen Selle (Massachusetts, USA)

blueball.gif Emotional Intelligence and Stuttering Intervention by Isabella Reichel (New York, USA)

blueball.gif What's a person trained in child language doing working in an area like this? by Amy Weiss (Rhode Island, USA)

The coordinator of this conference gratefully acknowledges the continuing patient and expert help and support of the ITS staff at Minnesota State University, Mankato, especially Jeffrey Hundstad, Jeffrey Henline, Jerry Anderson, Travis Kump, and Brian McMahon as well as Tom Kuster for producing the videos for this conference.

Conference Available to Read Off-Line

Viren Gandhi from India has created a single zip file of 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 ISAD10 Main Conference Page and then you can read the papers on ISAD10 offline as it is on Internet, but without access to all the questions/comments and answers, the sound or video files, or the powerpoints that are part of some of the papers. For PC users who prefer, an exe file is also available. 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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last updated October 1, 2007