International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2008

Don't Be Afraid of Stuttering

chaired by Judith Kuster, Minnesota State University, Mankato

ISAD2008 information and events may be announced here.

A Special (Welcome) to International Stuttering Awareness Day and the ISAD online conference by Benny Ravid (Israel), Chair of the International Stuttering Association

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

about the conference are welcome
Thank you for your participation.

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 (the eleventh!) 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 14 different countries on 5 different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. By October 22, 2008, 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.

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

Stuttering: Information and Issues

Perfectionism and Stuttering: Is There a Connection by Barbara Amster and Evelyn Klein (Pennsylvania, USA) Questions/comments

What Clinicians Should Know! by Susan Block (Australia) Questions/comments

Can a Fluent Stuttering Therapist be as Good as a Stuttering Fluency Therapist? by Joe Donaher (Pennsylvania, USA) and Joe Klein (New York, USA) Questions/comments

Treating Children with Down Syndrome Who Stutter by Judith Eckardt, (Arizona, USA) Questions/comments

Stuttering in a Historic and Comparative Perspective by Steen Fibiger, (Denmark) Questions/comments

Multifaceted Stuttering Therapy for Adolescents and Adults: Intensive Therapy and Telepractice by Rod Gabel (Ohio, USA) Questions/comments

Seven Principles of Stuttering Therapy: Part 2 by Charley Healey (Nebraska, USA) Questions/comments

Stuttering and Bilingualism in Children and Adults by Brian Humphrey (Florida, USA) and Rosalee Shenker (Canada) Questions/comments

Support for the Self-Expression of Children Who Stutter by Shinji Ito (Japan) Questions/comments

On the Concept of Fluency by Sandra Merlo (Brazil) Questions/comments

The SpeechEasy: Emerging evidence for interested clinicians and prospective buyers by Ryan Pollard and John Ellis (Colorado, USA) Questions/comments

An Online Initiative to Bring Self-Help to Turkish Speaking Stutterers by Kenneth St. Louis (West Virginia, USA) and Seyhun Topbas (Turkey) Questions/comments

Music Therapy Interventions for Improving Fluency Among People Who Stutter by Erika Shira (Massachusetts, USA) Questions/comments

The International Speech Project (ISP) Mission to Togo and Senegal by Anne-Marie Simon (France) and Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso, W. Africa) Questions/comments

Stuttering and Concomitant Disorders: What to Tell Clients and their Families by John Tetnowski and Jill Douglas (Louisiana, USA) Questions/comments

The Public School Specialist In Stuttering by Charles Van Riper (deceased), Carl Dell (Illinois, USA) and Nina Readon-Reeves (Texas, USA) Questions/comments

Some Thoughts on Stuttering Therapy by J. David Williams (Florida, USA) Questions/comments

Clinical Nuggets: Treatment Treasures and Activities

The Experts (PWS) Speak For Themselves

Messages from adults who consider their stuttering a "gift" - 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.

Writing a Novel Helped this Author Find a Voice by Kimberly Newton Fusco (Rhode Island, USA) Questions/comments

Do We Spend Too Much Time Talking To Ourselves? by Leys Geddes (England, UK) Questions/comments

SLP Students Just Wanna Have FUN! by Russ Hicks (Texas, USA) Questions/comments

What is Stuttering? -- defining stuttering from the speaker's viewpoint by Mark Irwin (Australia) Questions/comments

How Finding Information About Stuttering Transformed My Life by Guy-Cedric Mbouopda (Cameroon, W. Africa)Questions/comments

The Way Found Me by Pamela Mertz (New York, USA)Questions/comments

Happily Ever After by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) Questions/comments

self vs. Self by Sachin Srivastava (India) Questions/comments

Especially for "kids" - "adults" welcome, too

Time2Talk by Bob Adams and Hilary Liddle (England, UK) Questions/comments

Put a Spell on Stuttering by Tim Mackesey and Katie B. (Georgia, USA) Questions/comments

The Can't-Be-Seen Who Couldn't Squawk by Dale Williams and Brennan Williams (Florida, 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, and Jerry Anderson.

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 ISAD11 Main Conference Page and then you can read the papers on ISAD11 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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