International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2012



chaired by Judith Kuster, Minnesota State University, Mankato

The 2012 conference is also available for Credit or CEUs. For 1 credit, register online by choosing Communication Disorders CDis 491: Stuttering Conf I undergraduate or CDis 675: IS: Stuttering Conf I graduate). Students not enrolled at MSU, Mankato see Tuition & Fees - 100% Online Learners for information. REQUIREMENTS FOR CREDIT To enroll for CEUs, register online at Online Stuttering Conference. Information about taking the conference for 1.5 CEUs (15 hours) is REQUIREMENTS FOR CEUs.

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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 fifteenth!) 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 70 individuals representing 13 different countries on 5 different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. By October 22, 2012, 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. 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

Stuttering: Information and Issues

blueball.gif The D word: What people who stutter can learn from the disability community by Beth Bienvenu (Maryland, USA) and Nina G (California, USA)

blueball.gif A Preliminary Survey of Vocal Tract Characteristics During Stuttering: Implications for Therapy by Anelise Junqueira Bohnen (Brazil)

blueball.gif Covert Stuttering: Coming out of the Stuttering Closet by Jill Douglass (New Zealand)

blueball.gif Stuttering and Golf: lessons to learn from the game of golf to help manage stuttering by Elise Goodman(Massachuetts, USA)

blueball.gif What is stuttering: Revisited by Eric Jackson (New York, USA), Robert Quesal (Illinois, USA) and Scott Yaruss (Pennsylvania, USA)

blueball.gif What we know about neurogenic stuttering - etiology, diagnosis and treatment strategies by Kathrin Koenig (Germany)

blueball.gif Stuttering And Sleep: Some Speculation by Sandra Merlo (Brazil)

blueball.gif Digital snake oil: The emergence of online stuttering scams and shams by Grant Meredith and Anthony Gunn (Australia)

blueball.gif Relapse Following Successful Stuttering Therapy: The Problem of Choice by Ryan Pollard (New York, USA)

blueball.gif Clinical and Cultural Immersion: Internationalizing Stuttering Intervention by David Shapiro (North Carolina, USA), Gregory A. Linge (North Carolina, USA), Eva Přikrylová (Czech Republic), and Ilona Kejklíčková (Czech Republic)

blueball.gif Why Seek Therapy by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Wisconsin, USA)

blueball.gif Practical solutions for dealing with bullying in children who stutter by J. Scott Yaruss (Pennsylvania, USA), William Murphy (Indiana, USA), Robert Quesal (Illinois, USA), and Nina Reeves (Texas, USA)

blueball.gif School-age Stuttering Therapy: A burden, a challenge, or an opportunity? by J. Scott Yaruss (Pennsylvania, USA) and Nina Reeves (Texas, USA)

Clinical Nuggets: Treatment Treasures and Activities

The following are short papers by speech-language pathologists who work with children and adults who stutter, as well as a consumer (person who stutters), sharing some of their favorite therapy ideas.

blueball.gifFluency Lesson Ideas for Window Shopping by Judy Butler and A.C. (Massachusetts, USA)
blueball.gif "If I Practiced More, I Would Stutter Less" by Judith Eckardt (Arizona, USA)
blueball.gif Social Skills Treatment Activities by Diane Games (Ohio, USA)
blueball.gif Extreme Desensitization by Heather Grossman (New York, USA)
blueball.gif Learning a New Motor Skill by Judith Kuster (Minnesota, USA)
blueball.gif Making Peace With the Telephone Or, Curse You, Alexander Graham Bell by Jim McClure (New Mexico, USA)
blueball.gif Nick's Pizza Puppy Page about Stuttering by Shanna Preston and Nick (Missouri, USA)
blueball.gif Owning my Stuttering! by Nina Reeves (Texas, USA)
blueball.gif Stocker Probe for Fluency: Useful tool for increasing language complexity by Nancy Ribbler (Florida, USA)
blueball.gif Help Me Help You: Let's Make Sense of Your Past Advice and Treatment by Kenneth O. St. Louis (West Virginia, USA)
blueball.gif Addressing Anxiety: A Mindful Collaboration between Behavioral Health Therapists and Speech Language Therapists by Michael Sugarman (California, USA)
blueball.gif Using Worry Dials To Increase Coping Skills by Lisa Scott (Florida, USA)
blueball.gif A single line as a starting point: Promoting decision-making in therapy by Lynne Shields (Missouri, USA)
blueball.gif Phrasing: One Tool Teens will Use (With Adaptations) by Kathy Swiney (Texas, USA)

The Experts (PWS) Speak For Themselves

Paths Toward Recovery

This section includes 15 minute audio presentations by several speech-language pathologists who also stutter. The presentations were originally part of a panel at the 2011 ASHA convention in San Diego, CA. After the "Introduction," the full audio along with the pictures from the PowerPoint that accompanied it, are available. Finally, each presenter provides a short written piece about the presentation. Your questions/comments are welcome for the introduction and each of the presentations.

blueball.gif Introduction to Voices: Past and Present - Paths Toward Recovery by Judy Kuster (Minnesota, USA)
blueball.gif Telling and Hearing Stories by Mark Allen (Illinois, USA)
blueball.gif Recovery: 13 Minutes 13 Points by Kristin Chmela (Illinois, USA)
blueball.gif Recovery as Paradigm Shift: Seeing the Glass as Half-Full by Kevin Eldridge (Illinois, USA)
blueball.gif The Supported Journey by Joe Klein (North Carolina, USA)
blueball.gif The Cost of Courage is the Freedom to Speak by Scott Palasik (Ohio, USA)
blueball.gif Fluent Passages by Gary Rentschler (Pennsylvania, USA)
blueball.gif Confronting the Safety of my Head by Dale Williams (Florida, USA)
blueball.gif The Value of Internet Discussion Groups by Alan Badmington (Wales, UK)
blueball.gif When Self therapy is the last option by Richard Body, England, UK)
blueball.gif Things to do before you're 30 by Maartje Borghuis (Netherlands)
blueball.gif A person who stutters commitment to help people who stutter in Burkina Faso: A review of results and analysis over 5 years by Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso, Africa)
blueball.gif Stand Up and Be Heard by Rob Grieve (England, UK)
blueball.gif We're from the government and we're here to help! Stuttering and working in the US federal government by Steven Kaufman (Maryland, USA) and Beth Bienvenu (Maryland, USA)
blueball.gif Breaking the Chains of Silence by Michael Lefko (North Carolina, USA)
blueball.gif Speaking is beautiful by Marko Knez (Slovenia)
blueball.gif Foreign Languages and Approach-Avoidance Conflicts by Kevin O'Neill (Seattle, Washington, USA)
blueball.gif Stutter Social: Building Stuttering Support and Community Worldwide by Daniele Rossi (Canada), Samuel Dunsiger (Canada), Mitchell Trichon, and David Resnick (California, USA), (New York, USA)
blueball.gif Understanding My Stuttering by Unlocking the Secrets Deep Inside Me by Dale Sander (Texas, USA)
 Stuttering with an Attitude by Anthony Valle (Texas, USA)

Creative Expression

This section includes short presentations highlighting examples of people who stutter using various means of creative expression to express themselves and tell their stories.

blueball.gifThree Songs by Kids Who Stutter by Taro Alexander (New York, USA)
blueball.gifWhen life doesn't rhyme, words do by Anita Blom (Sweden)
blueball.gifA PPT Story of the FIRST Shady Trails Reunion by Judith Kuster (Minnesota, USA)
blueball.gif Video: Sharing Stories - Changing Perceptions by Jonathon Linklater (Ireland)
blueball.gif Playing Dress-Up by Pamela Mertz (New York, USA)
blueball.gif Escaping the Silence by Katherin Preston (New York, USA and UK)

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

Thank you for your participation.

Conference Will Soon Be Available to Read Off-Line

Viren Gandhi from India will soon create 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 ISAD15 Main Conference Page and then you can read the papers on ISAD15 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 will also be 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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