International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2006

Don't talk ABOUT us, talk WITH us!

to the ninth!! 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

ISAD2006 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 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 22 different countries on 5 different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. By October 22, 2006, 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.

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 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

The Experts (PWS) Speak For Themselves

ExtraOrdinary People Who Stutter , interviews by Judy Kuster's undergraduate stuttering class members featuring Lars Afeldt (Sweden), Anita Scharis Blom (Sweden), Eric Christensen (Minnesota, USA), Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso, W. Africa), Mario D'Hont (Belgium), Gloria Klumb (Wisconsin, USA), Renee Krul (New Jersey, USA), Joseph Lukong (Cameroon, W. Africa), Jim McClure (Illinois, USA), Cynthia Scace (Vermont, USA), David Shifren (New York, USA), Andreas Starke (Germany), Ray Tong (China), Tony Troiano (New York, USA), Bernie Weiner (Michigan, USA), Bonnie Weiss (New York, USA), Gang Wu (China) Questions/comments

Brighter Days for People Who Stutter in Africa: Outcome of the First African Conference on Stuttering by Joseph Lukong (Cameroon, West Africa) Questions/comments

The following short papers reflect the spreading self-help movement for people who stutter in Africa. You may address Questions/comments to individuals or the group.

Technology: A friend or foe of someone who stutters? by Alan Badmington (Wales) Questions/comments

Winning the Inner Game by Winton Bates (Australia) Questions/comments

Is Stuttering a Disability?: Speech at the International Fluency Association World Congress by Anita Blom (Sweden) Questions/comments

Group Meeting: Play about Stuttering by Marija Cvetkovic (Croatia) Questions/comments

Because I Stutter by Russ Hicks (Texas, USA) Questions/comments

Influence of Stuttering on Career Decisions: A Personal Story by Prakhar Sachan (India) Questions/comments

Mind Matters by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Wisconsin, USA) Questions/comments

Success! In Spite Of (or maybe because of?) Stuttering - Personal Stories by Tony Stewart (England) and Robert Van Keilegom (Belgium) Questions/comments

Changing The World For People Who Stutter by Michael Sugarman (California, USA) Questions/comments

Research about stuttering

Virtual reality and stuttering: Opportunities and challenges by Shelley Brundage (Washington, DC USA) Questions/comments

Preparing Clinicians to Treat Stuttering by Robert Kroll (Canada), Frances Cook (England), Luc De Nil (Canada) and Nan Ratner (Maryland, USA) Questions/comments

The telehealth adaptation of the Lidcombe Program of early stuttering intervention by Christine Lewis (Australia)Questions/comments

The Impact of Stuttering at Work: Challenges and Discrimination by Marshall Rice and Robert Kroll (Canada) Questions/comments

What's in a Name? by Ken St. Louis (West Virginia, USA) Questions/comments

The Existence of Stuttering in Sign Language and other Forms of Expressive Communication: Sufficient Cause for the Emergence of a New Stuttering Paradigm? by Greg Snyder (Mississippi, USA) Questions/comments

Stuttering in Sudan and new Hopes for the Persons Who Stutter (PWS): Survey Study in Khartoum State Primary Schools by Sami Awad Yasin (Khartoum, Sudan, Africa) Questions/comments

Stuttering: Information and Issues

The Team: Who They Are, What They Do, and How To Join - Willie Botterill (England), Edwin Farr (England), and Mark Irwin (Australia) Questions/comments

Keep Spreading the Word - a 5-minute QuickTime movie of how information about stuttering is spreading around the world through ISAD, ISA, IFA, ELSA, ASHA, SFA, and other organizations and individuals. Produced by Lee Nelson & Michael Sugarman Questions/comments

Clinical Nuggets: Treatment Treasures and Activities - short papers each sharing a therapy idea

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is...The Perfect Job: Tips for Getting (and Keeping) a Job by Beth Bienvenu (Maryland, USA) Questions/comments

How Your Expectations Can Sink Your Ship by John Harrison (California, USA) Questions/comments

Are people who stutter truly oppressed? by Louise Heite (Alaska, USA) Questions/comments

Up Close And Personal: Living With a Legend by Devon Williams Kundel (Missouri, USA), Marian Sheehan (Washington, USA) and Jane Fraser (Tennessee, USA)Questions/comments

Reactive or Proactive: How Do You Respond to Stuttering? by Tim Mackesey, (Georgia, USA) Questions/comments

Liberating Ourselves as Clinicians: The Care and Feeding of Us and Our Clients by Catherine Montgomery (New York, USA) Questions/comments

Stuttering Well: The Clinician's Use of Positive Language by Peter Reitzes (New York, USA) Questions/comments

Two philosophies of treatment for stuttering in China by Ren Zhiqiang (China) and Yao Xinshan (China), translated by Huang Haiyin (China) Questions/comments to Dr. Ren and Questions/comments to Psychologist Yao

What Does Transactional Analysis Tell Us About Therapy for Stuttering? by William Rosenthal (California, USA) Questions/comments

The Culture of Stuttering by George Shames (Pennsylvania, USA) Questions/comments

What People Who Stutter Have Taught Me About Demons and Freedom by Cindy Spillers (Minnesota, USA) Questions/comments

Organic Therapy by Michael Susca (California, 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 ISAD9 Main Conference Page and then you can read the papers on ISAD9 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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