Don't Be Afraid of Stuttering
chaired by Judith Kuster, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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
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 (http://www.stutteringhomepage.com).
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
Ask your question here
Perfectionism and Stuttering: Is There a Connection by Barbara Amster and Evelyn Klein (Pennsylvania, USA) 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
Stuttering in a Historic and Comparative Perspective by Steen Fibiger, (Denmark) 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
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
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.
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 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).