International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2005

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to the eighth!! 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

Other ISAD2005 information and events are available here.

Flags of countries of people participating in the online conference (flags will be added as I am able 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, programs, and power points covering a variety of topics related to fluency and fluency disorders, as well as two sections - "The Professor is In" and "The Researcher 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 65 individuals representing 20 different countries on 6 different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. By October 22, 2005, 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, 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.

about the conference are welcome
Thank you for your participation.

Office Hours - the experts

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."

Office Hours: The Professor Is In
list of professors here
Ask your question here
Several researchers have agreed to serve as a panel to answer appropriately-posed questions about research in fluency and fluency disorders. This is especially designed to make the research understandable, not to evaluate it. It is a good opportunity for students, as well as parents of children who stutter, and for children, teens, and adults who stutter to ask questions about research of several highly qualified researchers in the area of stuttering. It is not for lengthy discussion/debate or for students assigned to "post something to the online conference."

Office Hours: The Researcher Is In
list of reseachers here
Ask your question here

The Experts (PWS) Tell Their Own (and about others) Stories

Stuttering Didn't Stop Them!: Famous PWS from Around the World (non-US) , featuring Alan Badmington (Wales), Anita Scharis Blom (Sweden), Christine Badgett-Richards (England), Warren Brown (New Zealand), Marija Cvetkovic (Croatia), Fernando Cuesta Monblona (Spain), Natasja Dahlmann (Sweden, Dobrinka Georgieva (Bulgaria), Andrew Harding (England), Margaret M. Leahy (Ireland), Benny Ravid (Israel), Pedro Rodriquez (Venezuela), Konrad Schaefers (Germany), Tobe Richards (England), Gina Waggott (England), and Albert Zhang (China). Questions/comments

Collections of "Stories" - how the collections were developed and how they can be used

Adult Onset and Other Unusual Fluency Disorders Covert Stuttering

How I Changed My Stuttering Mindset by Alan Badmington (Wales) Questions/comments

Cameroon To Give Children Who Stutter A Facelift by Jonas Berinyuy (Cameroon, West Africa) Questions/comments

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

Finding the pieces of my puzzle by Joe Mirly (Washington, USA) Questions/comments

Shenpa, Stuttering and Me by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Wisconsin, USA) Questions/comments

Support Group Activities

International Stuttering Support Group Project by Michael Sugarman. (California, USA) Questions/comments

Support Group Meeting Activities by Judy Kuster's Undergraduate Stuttering Class and several National Stuttering Association members Questions/comments

Research about stuttering

New Clues into Stuttering May Be Found in Genes by Dennis Drayna (Maryland, USA) Questions/comments

Wider Access to Stammering Research by Peter Howell (England) Questions/comments

Serotonin-Dopamine Antagonists in the Treatment of Stuttering by Nathan Lavid (California, USA) Questions/comments

Using Web-camera Technology as an Adjunct to Family Management of Stuttering by Richard Mallard and Jill Green(Texas, USA) Questions/comments

Letters from Sarajevo by Walt Manning (Tennessee, USA), Miodrag Hodak (Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina), and Laura Plexico (Memphis, Tennessee, USA) Questions/comments

A Brief Historical Review of Assistive Devices for Treating Stuttering by Larry Molt (Alabama, USA) Questions/comments

Evidence Based Treatment of School Aged Stutterers by Rosalie Shenker (Canada) Questions/comments

Treatment - information and issues

Hidden Treasure of Stuttering Resources by Craig Coleman (Pennsylvania, USA) Questions/comments

The Treatment of Fluency Disorders: Experience in Bulgaria by Doby Georgieva (Bulgaria)Questions/comments

Straight talk about Stuttering (Psycho-social stress and speech dysfluency) by Bernard-Thomas Hartman (Norway) - deceased June 11, 2005 Comments about this paper

Using The Calms Model As A Thematic Approach To Fluency Therapy by Elise Kaufmann (Louisiana, USA) Questions/comments

"Empathy Based Practice" in Stuttering by Robert Quesal (Illinois, USA) Questions/comments

The Why and the How of Voluntary Stuttering by Peter Reitzes (New York, USA) Questions/comments (This paper is also available in Italian translated by Massimiliano Marchiori, ITALY and in Spanish translated by Astrid Fridriksson, South Carolina, USA)

Therapeutic Approaches to Address Emotional Issues in Stuttering by Gary Rentschler (Pennsylvania, USA) Questions/comments

Are You Asking the Right Questions? by John Wade (Kansas, USA) Questions/comments

New Laws for People who Stutter by Dale Williams (Florida, USA) Questions/comments

Programs and PowerPoints

Two free downloadable pieces of software to assist in diagnosis

The following two, freely available programs will assist in counting dysfluencies. One is designed for use with a PC, the other for use with a Palm Pilot. The developers have explained how to download and use the tools and are willing to respond to questions/comments while the conference is open.

Computer Aided Assessment of Cluttering Severity by Klaas Bakker, (Missouri, USA), Florence Myers and Larry Raphael (New York, USA) and Kenneth St. Louis (West Virginia, USA) Questions/comments

The CHOPPER Fluency Meter by Joseph Donaher (Philadelphia, USA) Questions/comments

Five free downloadable PowerPoint programs

The developers or these five, freely available PowerPoint programs have explained how they use these programs and are willing to respond to questions/comments while the conference is open.

Treating School-Age Children Who Stutter: Objectives and Activities by Craig Coleman and Rebecca Roccon (Pennsylvania, USA) and Amy Zerhusen (Ohio, USA) Questions/comments

Some Things Everyone Should Know About Stuttering by Diane Games (Ohio, USA) Questions/comments

So you've been asked to do a presentation to your fellow SLPs about stuttering......Now what? by Lynne Shields (Missouri, USA) Questions/comments

Stuttering: Fact or Fiction by Irv Wollman and Katrina Zeit Ohio, USA Questions/comments

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 all 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 ISAD8 Main Conference Page and then you can read the papers on ISAD8 offline as it is on Internet, but without access to all the questions/comments and answers, the sound files, or the powerpoints that are part of some of the papers. For PC users who prefer, an exe file is also avaiable. 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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