International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2011

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Sharing Stories - Changing Perceptions

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.
ISAD2011 information/events may be announced here.

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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. 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 fourteenth!) 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 11 different countries on 6 different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. By October 22, 2011, 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.

Remember that there are many people writing and attending this conference for whom English is not their first language. Each article has a

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option which includes translation services for many languages. IMPORTANT: To return to English, hit the show original button in the upper right hand corner of the translated page.

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

Several 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
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Stuttering: Information and Issues

Characteristics of words stuttered by adults and children in a 20-year time interval by Anelise J. Bohnen (Brazil) Questions/comments

Camp Shout Out Training and Treatment Program by Kristin Chmela (Illinois, USA), Julie Raynor (Michigan, USA) and June Campbell (California, USA) Questions/comments

Update on genetics research in stuttering by Dennis Drayna (Maryland, USA) Questions/comments

Combining a Short Intensive Treatment Program (for Teens and their Parents) with Teletherapy to Nurture Freedom and Eliminate Fear in Stutterings by Kevin Eldridge (Illinois, USA) and Michael Retzinger (Wisconsin, USA) Questions/comments

Fluency Friday Plus: A Journey with Children/Teens who Stutter and Families! by Diane Games, Patricia Fisher, Rodney Gabel, Anne Sloan, and Irving Wollman (Ohio, USA) Questions/comments

C.S.I.: Communication Scene Investigation by Tim Mackesey (Georgia, USA) Questions/comments

Report of the Study of Therapy for Stuttering in Africa by Dieudonne Nsabimana (Rwanda, AFRICA) Questions/comments

The Anatomy and Physiology of Costal Breathing and How it Relates to Stuttering by Peter Reitzes (North Carolina, USA) and Robert Quesal (Illinois, USA Questions/comments

Covert Stuttering EXPOSED! by Gary Rentschler (Pennsylvania, USA) Questions/comments

Stories of People Who Stutter: Beacons of Hope, Portraits of Success by David Shapiro (North Carolina, USA) Questions/comments

How do people who stutter and people with Parkinson's disease learn and remember speech therapy skills? by Sarah Smits-Bandstra (Minnesota, USA) Questions/comments

The Impact of Stuttering and Parental Involvement on Children and Teens by John Tetnowski (Louisana, USA) and Jim McClure (New Mexica, USA) Questions/comments

The News About Stuttering by Dale Williams (Florida, USA) Questions/comments

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.

The Experts (PWS) Speak For Themselves

My stuttering is no longer holding me back by Beata Akerman (Slovenia) Questions/comments

A Community Theater activity and empowerment, among stutterers - report, background description and personal experience. by Eli Avrahami and Eli Dejourayev (Israel) Questions/comments

What you can't see you sure can't hear: The journey of an SLP who Stutters by Yolanda Boone (Missouri, USA) Questions/comments

SLP who stutters AND has spasmodic dysphonia a personal journey by Irene Bullard (Missouri, USA) Questions/comments

A Perfect Norwegian Stutter by Paul Goldstein (Norway) Questions/comments

Growing up with stuttering in Croatia by Suzana Jelcic Jaksic (Croatia) Questions/comments

Finding Solutions to Managing Stuttering by Bryan Melvin and Charlie Healey (Nebraska, USA) Questions/comments

Walking into the Coliseum: Another day at the office by Grant Meredith (Australia) Questions/comments

I Stutter! How in the World Can I Join Toastmasters? by Pamela Mertz (New York, USA) Questions/comments

Taking Responsibility for Becoming Your Own SLP Reuben Schuff (North Carolina, USA) Questions/comments

What to Expect from Mindfulness by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Wisconsin, USA) Questions/comments

Notes from a Stuttering 'Expert' by Vince Vawter (Tennessee, USA) Questions/comments

Riding my Bike - From Shame to Freedom by Lisette Wesseling (New Zealand) Questions/comments

Turning Points

The following are short papers about what became a major turning point in the lives of several people who stutter.

The coordinator of this conference gratefully acknowledges the continuing patient and expert help and support of Carol Myhre, Tom Kuster Jeffrey Hundstad and Dave Esping.

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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 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 ISAD 2011 Main Conference Page and then you can read the papers on ISAD 2011 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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