International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2003

"INTERNATIONAL STUTTERING AWARENESS" is everyday. . . We just celebrate it on October 22!

Judith Maginnis Kuster, chair of the Online Conference

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

Other ISAD2003 information and events are available here.

Welcome to the sixth!! International Online Conference on Stuttering, chaired by Judith Kuster, Minnesota State University, Mankato. Online conferences have been an integral part of International Stuttering Awareness Day which began in 1998. ISAD is organized by Michael Sugarman, Oakland, California, and 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.

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 focuses on general issues about stuttering. It is designed for people who stutter, their families and employers, the professionals who work with them, students in training and their instructors. Thank you for your participation. Your comments about the conference are also welcome.

Beginning October 1 there are 4 panels, 4 audio presentations and 28 invited papers linked below for you to read at your leisure. There is also a section - "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 15 different countries on 6 different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. By October 22, 2003, 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 at the top of each of the question/comments pages. For those who want to test out a threaded discussion before posting or commenting, I have made 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.

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. Thank you for your cooperation.

Office Hours - the experts

Several university professors have agreed to serve as a panel to answer appropriately-posed questions about stuttering. This is primarily designed for parents and people who stutter to learn from the "experts," and is not for lengthy discussion or for students assigned to "post something to the online conference."

Office Hours: The Professor Is In, featuring Doug Cross, Steve Hood, Judy Kuster, Dick Mallard, Walt Manning, Larry Molt, Bob Quesal, Nan Ratner, Peter Ramig, Lynne Shields, Ken St. Louis, Howard Schwartz, Woody Starkweather, John Tetnowski, and Dale Williams. Questions/comments

Panel Discussions

This section contains an open panel discussion and 2-4 page papers by several authors about different topic areas. Questions/comments may be directed to any individual or to the entire group.

Exciting Ideas and Events from Around the World by Luc Tielens (Belgium), David Block (Canada), Joseph Lukong (Cameroon, AFRICA), Michael Sugarman (California, USA), and others who wish to post ISAD 2003 event notices Questions/comments

Advertising Your Stutter by Patti Bohlman (Wisconsin, USA), Russ Hicks (Texas, USA), Jim McClure (Chicago, USA), and Mike Hughes (Canada)Questions/comments

Perspectives on the role of support groups in stuttering research by Scott Yaruss (Pennsylvania, USA) and Lee Reeves (Texas, USA), Tom Weidig (England, UK) and Hans-Georg Bosshardt (Germany) Questions/comments

Before the Harvest, Seeds are Planted: One Person Can Make a Difference by Katie Dauer (Minnesota, USA), Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso), and Sandra Gil (Bolivia) Questions/comments

Audio presentations

This section contains streamed audio and written commentary. The audio is accessible with an MP3 player which works on both Macintosh and PC. More information about accessing the audio files and how long it may take with the computer connection you have is available here If you cannot access the audio files, that papers still contain valuable information and questions/comments may be directed to any of individuals who wrote the commentary.

The Cure! - Four Decades Later by Thomas Alexander (California, USA) Questions/comments

Differential Diagnosis of Stuttering and Self-referral by M.C. Monfrais-Pfauwadel (France). IMPORTANT: this paper is graphic intensive. Those who are accessing the conference through a slow modem may wish to read the paper which has the spectograms deleted, here Questions/comments

Significance!. by Anders Lundberg (Sweden) and Charles Van Riper (deceased) Questions/comments

Lessons from our mentors. by Robert Quesal (Illinois, USA) and Dean Williams (deceased) Questions/comments

Invited Papers

This section contains papers by members of the professional community and also by consumers from around the world. The papers focus on a variety of topics of interest to the presenters.

Some answers to William Perkins from Brazilian friends... by Claudia Regina Furquim de Andrade (Brazil) Questions/comments

Step Outside: Why expanding comfort zones can improve our stuttering and lead to more fulfilling lives by Alan Badmington (Wales, UK) Questions/comments

The European Youth Meeting 2003 - Extending Communication - Extending Borders by Anita Scharis Blom (Sweden) Questions/comments

A Stutterer's Odyssey Through Life. by Dorvan Breitenfeldt (Washington, USA) Questions/comments

Stuttering in My Ministry by Don Callahan (Minnesota, USA)Questions/comments

Chronic Stuttering: Todd's Story. by Eugene Cooper (Florida, USA) Questions/comments

Speech Fluidity versus Speech Fluency: A Dynamic Approach to Understanding, Measuring, and Shaping Effective Communication. by Douglas Cross (New York, USA) Questions/comments

Breaking the cocoon and discovering who I am by Marija Cvetkovic (Croatia) Questions/comments

Passing As Fluent by Terry Dartnall (Australia) Questions/comments

International and European Disability Policy relating to Stuttering - What People who Stutter need to know and why by Edwin Farr (England, UK) Questions/comments

The Iceberg Analogy of Stuttering by Russ Hicks (Texas, USA)Questions/comments

"YOU'RE THE NARRATOR, SERGEANT" - an unusual path toward recovery by Howard Hodges (Maryland, USA), Questions/comments

Desirable outcomes from Stuttering Therapy by Stephen Hood (Alabama, USA)Questions/comments

Living with Mattie by John and Sharon Howley (England, UK)Questions/comments

What is the real role of self-help for people who stutter? by Masuhiko Kawasaki (Japan)Questions/comments

Eye Contact Aversion: A Close up Look. by Tim Mackesey (Texas, USA) Questions/comments

Humor as a Variable in the Process of Change. by Walt Manning (Tennessee, USA) Questions/comments

Stuttering and Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder): Background Information and Clinical Implications by Larry Molt (Alabama, USA) Questions/comments

Auditory Sidetone Paradigms for Treating Stuttering: From Wollensak to SpeechEasy by Richard Merson (Michigan, USA) Questions/comments

The German program for the evaluation of stuttering therapies (PEVOS) Results of the Test-phase by Julia Pape-Neumann, Hans-Georg Bosshardt, Ulrich Natke, Horst Oertle, and Peter Schnieder (Germany) Questions/comments

Temperamental Sensitivity in Children Who Stutter by Libby Oyler (New York, USA) Questions/comments

When a young child starts to stutter: To treat or not to treat? by Ann Packman (Australia) Questions/comments

Schwartz's Stuttering Police by Howard Schwartz and the students of COMD 544 (Illinois, USA) Questions/comments

My Personal Experience with Stuttering and Meditation. by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Wisconsin, USA) Questions/comments

Stuttering As A Variant Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: What We Can Learn. by Woody Starkweather and Janet Givens (Pennsylvania, USA) Questions/comments

Metaphors of Stammering: What's Yours?. by Trudy Stewart (England) Questions/comments

Disfluency Associated with Tourette's Syndrome: Two Case Studies by John Tetnowski (Louisiana, USA) and Joe Donaher (Pennsylvania, USA) Questions/comments

From Freud to Dr. Phil: Applying One Hundred Years of Psychology To Dealing Effectively with Stuttering. by John Wade (Kansas, USA) Questions/comments

Enhancing My Self-Esteem: I'm Worth It!. by Jennifer Watson, (Texas, USA) Questions/comments

Thank you for your participation. Your comments about the conference are also welcome.

Conference Available to Read Off-Line

PC users with limited access to internet connections, may wish to DOWNLOAD THE CONFERENCE

Viren Gandi from India has created a single file of all the conference papers that can be downloaded on a PC to be read offline. When the files are downloaded, it creates the same structure as it is on Internet with Dir Names as www. And also it creates an Opening Page. When you click on it, it opens the ISAD6 Main Conference Page and then you can browse complete ISAD6 Offline as it is on Internet, but without access to all the questions/comments and answers. I am not a PC user but was able to download it on a PC and it worked. I also asked two others to test it, and it worked for one but not the other. So there are no guarentees, but feel free to try it if you have a PC and don't have easy online access. If you have questions, please address them to Viren Gandi (

If you want to participate in the discussion, or read the discussions, you will have to return online to the conference.

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