International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2007


to 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

ISAD2007 information and events are available here.

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

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. For those who want to test out a threaded discussion before posting or commenting, there is a testing out threaded discussions page. 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. You 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.

about the conference are welcome
Thank you for your participation.

Office Hours - The Professor Is In

Several 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
Ask your question here

Research about Stuttering

Locus of Control in Adults Who Stutter by Orlin Baev (Bulgaria) Questions/comments

Cluttering: Characteristics Identified as Diagnostically Significant by 60 Fluency Experts by David Daly (Michigan, USA) Questions/comments

Neurogenic stuttering - so much we know, so much we still need to discover! by Luc DuNil (Canada) Questions/comments

Lasting blissful relief from early stuttering? by Mark Onslow (Australia) Questions/comments

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) Questions/comments

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)
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)
Questions/comments for either or both Part I and Part II

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) Questions/comments

The Experts (PWS) Speak For Themselves

A Magical Place, A Magical World by Taro Alexander (New York, USA) Questions/comments

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

"Parole d'Espoir" - making gains in fluency through self-help and friendship in Mauritius by Jim Caroopen (Mauritius, Africa) Questions/comments

The Challenges Associated With Dysfluency And University Life: Personal Perspective Of A Mild Covert Stutterer by Rob Grieve (England) Questions/comments

Once Upon a Brain Aneurysm by Brian Humphrey (Florida, USA) Questions/comments

Lost in the stuttering woods: Ten years later by Joe Klein (New York, USA) Questions/comments

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

Solution-Oriented Life: A Journey to Imperfect Fluency by Gunars Neiders (Washington, USA) Questions/comments

My Brain Has A Mind Of Its Own by John Paskievich (Canada) Questions/comments

Creating Conditions for Change by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Wisconsin, USA) Questions/comments

Messages for Teens about Living With Stuttering - short papers by some experts.

Important notice: You are free to respond to each paper individually or post a single message to all of the experts below here. Also, please review the author's previous responses before posting your question to an individual, since the same question is often asked more than once and may have already been answered.

New Internet Technologies

Messages about self-help from around the world - 3 minute videos from self-help group members Questions/comments

Extending the Self-Help Movement in the Digital Domain by Greg Snyder and Peter Reitzes (Mississippi and New York, USA) Questions/comments

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) Questions/comments
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.

Add Altered Auditory Feedback to Your Toolbox... For Free by Richard Arenas (Iowa, USA) Questions/comments

You Tube: If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them by Leys Geddes (England, UK) Questions/comments

Stuttering: Information and Issues

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), Questions/comments

Clinical Nuggets: Treatment Treasures and Activities - short papers each sharing a therapy idea

Fulbright Senior Specialist Opportunities in Stuttering by Susan Felsenfeld (Connecticut, USA) and Judith Kuster (Minnesota, USA)Questions/comments

Seven Principles of Stuttering Therapy by Charley Healey (Nebraska, USA) Questions/comments

War and Stuttering by Dritan Kici (Albania) Questions/comments

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) Questions/comments

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

Emotional Intelligence and Stuttering Intervention by Isabella Reichel (New York, USA) Questions/comments

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

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.

about the conference are welcome
Thank you for your participation.

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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