International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2002

Don't Let Stuttering Stop You...
(from creating the life you want in
professional development
personal fulfillment.)

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 ISAD2002 information and events are available here.

Welcome to the fifth!! 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 5 panels and 30 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 14 different countries on 6 different continents (with one who has been to Antarctica as well!). Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. By October 22, 2002, 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 Steve Hood, Judy Kuster, Dick Mallard, Walt Manning, Larry Molt, Bob Quesal, Nan Ratner, Peter Ramig, Lynne Shields, Ken St. Louis, John Tetnowski, 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.

Exciting Ideas and Events from Around the World by Anita Blom (Sweden), Helena Forne-Waestlund (Sweden), Benny Ravid (Israel), Peter Reitzes and Elizabeth Mendez (USA) Michael Sugarman (USA), Luc Tielens (Belgium), Pol Anrys (Belgium), Beatriz Biain de Touzet and Claudia Diaz (Argentina), and also provides a link for anyone who wishes to post ISAD 2002 event notices Questions/comments

Women and Stuttering by Kari Kelso (California, USA), Brett Kluetz (Colorado, USA), Vanna Nicks (California, USA) and Nora O'Connor (California, USA) Questions/comments

Out of Africa: Emerging Self-Help, featuring Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso, W. Africa), Joseph Lukong (Cameroon, W. Africa), and Daniel Othieno (Uganda, Africa). Questions/comments

Wedding Vows by Alan Badmington (Wales) and Mike Hughes (Canada Questions/comments

Love Makes the World Go 'Round: Spouses Meeting on the Internet Tobe Richards (England) and ChrisBadgett-Richards (USA/England), Paul Goldstein (USA/Norway) and Liv Marit Dalen (Norway) 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.

Our Time - a theater company for people who stutter. by Taro Alexander (New York, USA) Questions/comments

Stuttering In Cameroon by Jonas Berinyuy, Joseph Lukong and Acheng Moungui Thomas (Cameroon, AFRICA) Questions/comments

Stuttering And The Effects Of "Family": a personal journey toward wholeness. by Ames and Linda Bleda (New Mexico, USA) Questions/comments

Stuttering in Burkina Faso by Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso, WEST AFRICA) Questions/comments

Getting on with Life by Adam Demello, and Another Kind of Letting Go by Louise B. Heite (Alaska, USA) Questions/comments

Tough Love and Other Shady Stuttering Practices, Then and Now by Judith Duchan (New York, USA) Questions/comments

Working From The Inside Out: A "Soul-Directed" Approach To Stuttering Therapy by Marjorie Foer (Rhode Island, USA) Questions/comments

The Doctoral Student Summit: Exploring solutions for the future by Kevin Eldridge, Brett Kluetz, and Joseph Donaher (USA) Questions/comments

Stuttering in the classroom; the teacher's role ( La disfluencia en el aula; rol del docente). by Silvana Franchini, Cristina Reppetti and Maria Eugenia Ramirez (Argentina) Questions/comments

A different kind of electronic device for stuttering therapy for children by Barry Guitar (Vermont, USA) and Nancy Tozier (Maine, USA)Questions/comments

One chronic stutterer's path to fluency and his supposition by Huang Haiyin (China) Questions/comments

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

The Brains of Adult Stutterers: Are They Different from Nonstutterers?. by Janis C. Ingham and Roger Ingham (California, USA) Questions/comments

Changing Thinking, Changing Action, Changing Behaviour: strategies for dealing with stuttered feelings, stuttered speech and stuttered communication by Mark Irwin (Australia) Questions/comments

Filling Your Fluency Files Affordably by Judith Kuster (Minnesota, USA) Questions/comments

The relevance of speech therapy: A physician's viewpoint from a clinical and neuroscience perspective by Nathan Lavid (California, USA) Questions/comments

Real change can be constructed: Personal Contruct Therapy in Stuttering Therapy by Margaret Leahy (Ireland) Questions/comments

A Biblical Approach to Treating Stuttering by Richard Mallard (Texas, USA) Questions/comments

Voice and Stuttering Therapy: Finding Common Ground. by Bruce Poburka (Minnesota, USA) Questions/comments

Some people just don't get it. by Bob Quesal (Illinois, USA) Questions/comments

Training Future Speech-Language Pathologists: How Will Fluency Disorders Fare?. by Lee Reeves (Texas, USA) Questions/comments

"Nobody wants to hear about your stuttering..." (A guide to finding acceptance and success in the mainstream for stutterers). by Chris Roach (Texas, USA) Questions/comments

Parents: A Source of Comfort and Support by Sophie Bell Sacca (New York, USA) and David and Nicola Bell (Arizona, USA) Questions/comments

An Interview with Caroline: You can do something about teasing! by Lynne Shields and Caroline (Missouri, USA), Questions/comments

The Use of Altered Speech Feedback in Stuttering Management by Greg Snyder (North Carolina, USA), Questions/comments

Zen and the Art of Stuttering Therapy. by Andreas Starke (Germany) Questions/comments

Readiness for stuttering therapy through improved self-esteem by John A. Tetnowski, Michael Latulas, & Jennifer Bathel (Louisiana, USA) Questions/comments

Provision Of Speech-Language Services In The Schools: Working With The Law by Kathleen Whitmire (Maryland, USA) Questions/comments

Why I Hate All Listeners and Other Reflections by Dale Williams, (Florida, USA) Questions/comments

To Go Beyond the Fear by Mary Wood (Canada) Questions/comments

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

This year's conference is supported by a grant from the Minnesota State Center for Teaching and Learning.

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 ISAD5 Main Conference Page and then you can browse complete ISAD5 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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