International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2010


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 about the requirements and how to register for the ISAD online conference for MSU, Mankato CEU's or college credit Open this link

POSTER - full page logo for this year's conference is available to download in pdf format.

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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. All past online conferences are also available here.

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 (the thirteenth!) 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 Prof 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 65 individuals representing eleven different countries on five different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. By October 22, 2010, 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, a page which also includes an opportunity to test threaded discussions for those who want to test out a threaded discussion before posting or commenting. I discovered that at least SOME versions of Safari have a glitch with the threaded discussions. For some reason, if you connect to a threaded discussion, it will appear BLANK - nothing on it. You need to hit CONTENTS at the top of the page for the posts to appear. That will happen each time you post something and each time you open it, I think. So, if you are having trouble seeing any posts on the threaded discussions, either use IE or FireFox, or if you use Safari, follow the instructions above. I've noticed a few other problems with Safari recently, too, and have pretty much switched to FireFox. 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.

If you are posting questions/comments, please glance through previous posts to determine if that question has been asked before.

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 any posts considered inappropriate. Anonymous inflammatory posts WILL be deleted.

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 Prof Is In

prof.jpegSeveral professionals with a special interest in stuttering 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 professionals here

Special Features

blueball.gif Video: People Who Stutter, Inspire! a slideshow by Rebekah Swain Sugarman and Michael Sugarman (California, USA)

blueball.gif Talking to You: a song in honor of ISAD by Sven Van Damme, Bart Van Leuven, and Gert Reunes (Belgium)

Stuttering: Information and Issues

blueball.gif Stuttering Therapy Online by Barbara Dahm (Israel)

blueball.gif Cognitive and Attitudinal Changes in Teens/Adults who Stutter! by Diane Games (Ohio, USA)

blueball.gif Parents and children who stutter: The pleasures and pains of working together by Rosemarie Hayhow (UK)

blueball.gif Telepractice at the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR) by Elizabeth Haynes and Marilyn Langevin (Canada)

blueball.gif Using Fictional Literature as a Tool in Fluency Intervention Programs for Children and Teens by Kelly Jones (North Carolina, USA) and Kenneth Logan (Florida, USA)

blueball.gif Purpose, Intention, and Stuttering by Tim Mackesey (Georgia, USA)

blueball.gif The Debilitating "D" Word by Grant Meredith (Australia)

blueball.gif The Fluency Challenge (It's Not What You May Think) by Peter Reitzes, (New York, USA)

blueball.gif Myths and Mysteries of Bilingual Stuttering by Patricia M. Roberts (Canada)

blueball.gif By the Numbers: Disfluency Analysis for Preschool Children Who Stutter by Jean Sawyer (Illinois, USA)

blueball.gif Treatment of School Age Children with the Lidcombe Program by Rosalee Shenker (Canada)

Clinical Nuggets: Treatment Treasures and Activities

The following are short papers by speech-language pathologists who work with children and adults who stutter, sharing some of their favorite therapy ideas.

blueball.gif Assignments to Tackle the ABC's of Stuttering by Marybeth Allen (Maine, USA) 

blueball.gif Creative Use of Items you already Own for Fluency Therapy by Patti Bohlman (Wisconsin, USA) 

blueball.gif Stuttering Rules: A Team Approach by Craig Coleman (Pennsylvania, USA) 

blueball.gif Flip Side of Stuttering: An Activity for Working on Negative Emotions by Marilee Fini (Ohio, USA)

blueball.gif The "R" Avoider by Judy Kuster, Minnesota, USA)

blueball.gif Teen Stuttering: Practical Suggestions for Carryover by Lori Melnitsky, (New York, USA) 

blueball.gif Speech Tool Bingo: Stuttering by Nina Reeves (Texas, USA)

blueball.gif Celebrating the "I Did It" Moments by Lynne Shields (Missouri, USA)

blueball.gif Increasing Client Ownership of Goals and Participation in Therapy by Carrie Vitko (Pennsylvania, USA) 

blueball.gif Trifold Your Way to Better Communication with Teachers and Parents by Carrie Vitko (Pennsylvania, USA) 

Focus on Support Groups

blueball.gif Stuttering, A Bond of Unity. "Birds of a Feather Flock Together" by Jonas Berinyuy (Cameroon)

blueball.gif My Visit to India by Keith Boss (England)

blueball.gif Self-Help Support Group Inspires Kids! by Lee Caggiano and Pamela Mertz (New York, USA)

blueball.gif A Support Group Re-Born by Josh Denault (California, USA)

blueball.gif The Dream to Create a Stuttering Association in Mexico by Carlos Montes-Aviles (Mexico and USA)

blueball.gif Can running a Self Help Group for PWS, help in the long term recovery? by Manimaran and Jai Prakash Sunda (India)

blueball.gif What We Actually Need by Sachin Srivastava (India)

blueball.gif Creating a National Support Organization for Stuttering: the Canadian Experience by Lisa Wilder and Carla Di Domenicantonio (Canada)

The Experts (PWS) Speak For Themselves

blueball.gif Living in Multi-colour by Harry Dhillon England (formerly of Kenya and India)

blueball.gif Transformation......and a Book by Karen Hollett (Canada)

blueball.gif Lightening the Load of Covert Stuttering by Hannah Laday (New Jersey, USA)

blueball.gif Women Who Stutter: Our Stories - Introduction by Pamela Mertz (New York, USA) Includes podcasts of personal stories shared by women who live with stuttering.

blueball.gif Stuttering Support - 3615 Miles Away by Pamela Mertz (New York, USA) and Christine Simpson (England)

blueball.gif "STAMMERS" - a documentary by a brother and a sister Joke Nyssen (Belgium)

blueball.gif Dealing with Chronic Sorrow and the Loss of a "Fluent Child" (a personal story) by Scott Palasik and Jaime Hannan (Mississippi and Ohio, USA)

blueball.gif My Stuttering Is Me by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Wisconsin, USA)

Telling Tales IN (and OUT OF) School!

The following are short articles by several people who stutter who share their experiences of sharing information about stuttering in various settings.

blueball.gif Helping tomorrow's therapists gain a greater insight into stuttering by Alan Badmington (Wales, UK) 

blueball.gif Talks to Teens by Anita Blom (Sweden)

blueball.gif What Are You Afraid Of? by Russ Hicks (Texas, USA)

blueball.gif Explaining Stuttering to the Media by Jim McClure (New Mexico, USA)

The coordinator of this conference gratefully acknowledges the continuing patient and expert help and support of Tom Kuster and of the ITS staff at Minnesota State University, Mankato, especially Jerry Anderson, Jeffrey Henline, and Jeffrey Hundstad.

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 not include the PDF files, movies, or music that is part of the conference. It will include only the papers. 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 ISAD13 Main Conference Page and then you can read the papers on ISAD13 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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