Alphabet Soup

What follows is the beginning of a dictionary of acronyms you might encounter on the various discussion forums about stuttering on the internet. If anyone has additional suggestions, please email

AAF - altered auditory feedback
ABC - Association des bˇgues du Canada
ADA - American with Disabilites Act
ASHA - American Speech-Language Hearing Association
BSA - British Stammering Association
BTW - by the way
CAFET - computer-aided fluency establishment trainer
CAPS - Canadian Association for People Who Stutter
CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist with Certificate of Clinical Competence - from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association
DAF - delayed auditory feedback
DaVS - Dansk Videnscenter for Stammen (The Stuttering Information Center of Denmark)
ELU - extended length of utterance
FAQ - frequently asked questions
FSD - Foreningen for Stammere i Danmark (The Association for Stutterers in Denmark)
FWIW - for what its worth
FYI - for your information
GILCU - gradual increase in the length and complexity of utterance
IFA - International Fluency Association
IMHO - in my humble opinion
ISA - International Stuttering Association
ISAD - Internation Stuttering Awareness Day (October 22)
JFD - Journal of Fluency Disorders
JSHR - Journal of Speech and Hearing Research
KWDS - Kids Who Don't Stutter
KWS - Kids Who Stutter LSHSS - Language, Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools
NCS - National Council of Stutterers
NIFS - Norsk Interesseorganisasjon for stamme (The Norwegian Stutterers' Association) - in Norwegian, "nifs" means "scary."
NSA - National Stuttering Association
NSP - National Stuttering Project (now the NSA)
OSLA - Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
OTOH - on the other hand
PFS - precision fluency shaping
PLWS - person living with stuttering
PWDS - person who doesn't stutter
PWS - person who stutters
REBT - Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
SFA - Stuttering Foundation of America
SFS - stutter free speech
SFT - stutter fluently therapy
SHP - Stuttering Home Page
SLP - speech-language pathologist
SSMP - Successful Stuttering Management Program
SRF - Stuttering Resource Foundation
TIA - thanks in advance
TPTB - The Powers That Be>br> TS - Tourette's Syndrome

last modified - December 1, 2000