International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2001

YOU ARE NOT ALONE: Transforming Perceptions

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 ISAD2001 information and events are available here.

Welcome to the fourth 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.

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 3 panels, 26 invited papers and 5 poster sessions of research updates 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 nealy 65 individuals representing 16 different countries on 6 different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. By October 22, 2001, 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 in the square to the left. After you have opened the paper, the box around the button 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 Steve Hood, Deborah Kully, Judy Kuster, Bob Quesal, Ken St. Louis, Nan Ratner, C. Woody Starkweather, Dale Williams, and Scott Yaruss. Questions/comments

Panel Discussions

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

Pushing the Envelope: Densensitization Experiences, featuring Mike Hughes (Canada), Robb Murray (Minnesota, USA), Eric Hayes Patkowski (Texas, USA), and Bonnie Weiss (New York, USA) Questions/comments

ISAD2000: Some Success Stories by Warren Brown (New Zealand), Claudia Diaz (Argentina), Martine De Vloed (Belgium), Stefan Hoffmann (China), Olivier Humez (France), Ruth Ezrati-Vinacour (Israel), Moonja Shin (Korea) Questions/comments

Shady Trailers, Hats Off To Thee by Russ Hicks (Texas, USA) and Bernie Weiner (Michigan, USA) Questions/comments

Invited Papers and Posters

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.

My Words Have Wings - Finally! by James Abbott, Jr. (Michigan, USA) Questions/comments

Acquired Stuttering by Henny Bijleveld (Belgium) Questions/comments

Recovery from stuttering means creating a new internal order by Stefan Bogdanov (Switzerland) Questions/comments

Using the Telephone and Coping With Stuttering by Shelagh Brumfitt and Sarah James(United Kingdom) Questions/comments

Stuttering in Literary Arts by Amparo Cabrera (Spain) Questions/comments

Stuttering Therapy: Clinic vs. Real World by Bobby Childers (New Mexico, USA) Questions/comments

An Analysis Of A Stutterer's Family Tree by James Clarkson (Australia) Questions/comments

Stuttering Therapy for Children by Donna Cooperman and Charleen Bloom (New York, USA) Questions/comments

Employment and stammering -- the work begins: Providing practical advice for creating a better working environment by Andrew Harding (United Kingdom) Questions/comments

A Model for Manipulating Linguistic Complexity in Stuttering Therapy by E. Charles Healey (Nebraska, USA), Lisa Scott Trautman (Kansas, USA), and James Panico (Nebraska, USA) Questions/comments

La Petite Mort: Dissociation and the Subjective Experience of Stuttering by Louise B. Heite (Alaska, USA/Iceland) Questions/comments

The Chicken and the Alligators - or - How to Facilitate a Support Group Meeting by Russ Hicks (Texas, USA) Questions/comments

"I've Got a Secret -- And It's Scaring Me to Death! (The Story of a Covert Stutterer)" by Steve Hood (Alabama, USA) and Chris Roach (Texas, USA). Questions/comments

Word-Final Dysfluencies: Ten Infrequently Asked Questions by Brian Humphrey (Florida, USA) and John Van Borsel (Belgium) Questions/comments

Directed Self-Help Stuttering Therapy With A Motivated Teenage Boy, Predominantly By Email by Gerald Johnson and Eric (Wisconsin, USA) Questions/comments

Narrative As A Research Tool: Application Research In Stuttering by Harsha Kathard (South Africa) Questions/comments

The 25% Improvement by Tom Klassen (Toronto, Canada) Questions/comments

A Story Is Worth A Thousand Pictures: Your Story Can And Should Be Told, by Judith Kuster (Minnesota, USA), Kenneth St. Louis (West Virginia, USA) and Rae Jean Sielen (West Virginia, USA) Questions/comments. Several bulletin boards are provided where people who stutter are invited to submit brief stories.

Helping Children Deal with Teasing and Bullying by Marilyn Langevin (Canada) Questions/comments

International Stuttering Association by Jaan Pill (Canada), Benny Ravid (Israel), Stefan Hoffmann (China), Mark Irwin (Australia), Martine De Vloed (Belgium), Thomas Krall (Germany) and Mel Hoffman (California, USA) Questions/comments. This paper is also available In Hebrew.

Knowledge And Attitudes Of Students From Two Universities In The Western Cape Towards Stutterng by Catherine Power (South Africa) Questions/comments

Stuttering in the Chinese population in some South-East Asian countries: A Preliminary investigation on attitude and Incidence by Sheree Reese (New Jersey, USA) and Joseph Jordania (Australia) Questions/comments

The Death of Fluency Disorders. by Bob Quesal (Illinois, USA) Questions/comments

Consumer Alert: Stuttering and Gender Research by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Wisconsin, USA), Questions/comments

Below the Surface: Treating the Emotional Aspects of Stuttering by C. Woody Starkweather (Pennsylvania, USA) Questions/comments

A Search for Fluency That Ended With Acceptance by Craig Stephenson (Idaho, USA) Questions/comments

Finding your own way: A teenager's self-realization of stuttering through a personal journal by John Tetnowski and M. (Louisiana, USA) Questions/comments

Free Open Consultation On Stuttering: An Integrating Group Experience by Beatriz Biain de Touzet (Argentina) Questions/comments This paper is also available in Spanish

Accepting a Gift -- the Gift of Acceptance by Dirk Vannetelbosch, (Belgium) Questions/comments

Life Lessons: Putting Stuttering into Perspective by Candace Webster (Michigan, USA) Questions/comments

The National Stuttering Association (NSA) Research Committee by J. Scott Yaruss, (chair, Pittsburgh, USA), Anthony J. Caruso, Fred Lewis, Gerald Maguire, James A. McClure, Lawrence F. Molt, Robert W. Quesal, and Lee Reeves Questions/comments

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

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