International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2003

We just celebrate it on October 22!

Judith Maginnis Kuster, chair of the Online Conference

Other ISAD2003 information and events are available here.

Welcome to the sixth!! 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.

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 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 4 panels, 4 audio presentations and 28 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 15 different countries on 6 different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. By October 22, 2003, International Stuttering Awareness Day, the authors of the papers will respond as they wish. Feel free to post your -Discussion- 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 -Discussion- 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.

Remember that there are many people writing and attending this conference for whom English is not their first language. The Google 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.


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 Doug Cross, Steve Hood, Judy Kuster, Dick Mallard, Walt Manning, Larry Molt, Bob Quesal, Nan Ratner, Peter Ramig, Lynne Shields, Ken St. Louis, Howard Schwartz, Woody Starkweather, John Tetnowski, and Dale Williams.

Panel Discussions

This section contains an open panel discussion and 2-4 page papers by several authors about different topic areas.

Exciting Ideas and Events from Around the World by Luc Tielens (Belgium), David Block (Canada), Joseph Lukong (Cameroon, AFRICA), Michael Sugarman (California, USA. -Discussion-

Advertising Your Stutter by Patti Bohlman (Wisconsin, USA), Russ Hicks (Texas, USA), Jim McClure (Chicago, USA), and Mike Hughes (Canada) -Discussion-

Perspectives on the role of support groups in stuttering research by Scott Yaruss (Pennsylvania, USA) and Lee Reeves (Texas, USA), Tom Weidig (England, UK) and Hans-Georg Bosshardt (Germany) -Discussion-

Before the Harvest, Seeds are Planted: One Person Can Make a Difference by Katie Dauer (Minnesota, USA), Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso), and Sandra Gil (Bolivia) -Discussion-

Audio presentations

This section contains streamed audio and written commentary. The audio is accessible with an MP3 player which works on both Macintosh and PC. If you cannot access the audio files, the papers still contain valuable information.

The Cure! — Four Decades Later by Thomas Alexander (California, USA) -Discussion-

Differential Diagnosis of Stuttering and Self-referral by M.C. Monfrais-Pfauwadel (France). IMPORTANT: this paper is graphic intensive. Those who are accessing the conference through a slow modem may wish to read the paper which has the spectograms deleted, here -Discussion-

Significance!. by Anders Lundberg (Sweden) and Charles Van Riper (deceased) -Discussion-

Lessons from our mentors. by Robert Quesal (Illinois, USA) and Dean Williams (deceased) -Discussion-

Invited Papers

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.

Some answers to William Perkins from Brazilian friends... by Claudia Regina Furquim de Andrade (Brazil) -Discussion-

Step Outside: Why expanding comfort zones can improve our stuttering and lead to more fulfilling lives by Alan Badmington (Wales, UK) -Discussion-

The European Youth Meeting 2003 - Extending Communication - Extending Borders by Anita Scharis Blom (Sweden) -Discussion-

A Stutterer's Odyssey Through Life. by Dorvan Breitenfeldt (Washington, USA) -Discussion-

Stuttering in My Ministry by Don Callahan (Minnesota, USA) -Discussion-

Chronic Stuttering: Todd's Story. by Eugene Cooper (Florida, USA) -Discussion-

Speech Fluidity versus Speech Fluency: A Dynamic Approach to Understanding, Measuring, and Shaping Effective Communication. by Douglas Cross (New York, USA) -Discussion-

Breaking the cocoon and discovering who I am by Marija Cvetkovic (Croatia) -Discussion-

Passing As Fluent by Terry Dartnall (Australia) -Discussion-

International and European Disability Policy relating to Stuttering — What People who Stutter need to know and why by Edwin Farr (England, UK) -Discussion-

The Iceberg Analogy of Stuttering by Russ Hicks (Texas, USA) -Discussion-

"YOU'RE THE NARRATOR, SERGEANT" - an unusual path toward recovery by Howard Hodges (Maryland, USA) -Discussion-

Desirable outcomes from Stuttering Therapy by Stephen Hood (Alabama, USA) -Discussion-

Living with Mattie by John and Sharon Howley (England, UK) -Discussion-

What is the real role of self-help for people who stutter? by Masuhiko Kawasaki (Japan) -Discussion-

Eye Contact Aversion: A Close up Look. by Tim Mackesey (Texas, USA) -Discussion-

Humor as a Variable in the Process of Change. by Walt Manning (Tennessee, USA) -Discussion-

Stuttering and Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder): Background Information and Clinical Implications by Larry Molt (Alabama, USA) -Discussion-

Auditory Sidetone Paradigms for Treating Stuttering: From Wollensak to SpeechEasy by Richard Merson (Michigan, USA) -Discussion-

The German program for the evaluation of stuttering therapies (PEVOS) Results of the Test-phase by Julia Pape-Neumann, Hans-Georg Bosshardt, Ulrich Natke, Horst Oertle, and Peter Schnieder (Germany) -Discussion-

Temperamental Sensitivity in Children Who Stutter by Libby Oyler (New York, USA) -Discussion-

When a young child starts to stutter: To treat or not to treat? by Ann Packman (Australia) -Discussion-

Schwartz's Stuttering Police by Howard Schwartz and the students of COMD 544 (Illinois, USA) -Discussion-

My Personal Experience with Stuttering and Meditation. by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Wisconsin, USA) -Discussion-

Stuttering As A Variant Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: What We Can Learn. by Woody Starkweather and Janet Givens (Pennsylvania, USA) -Discussion-

Metaphors of Stammering: What's Yours?. by Trudy Stewart (England) -Discussion-

Disfluency Associated with Tourette's Syndrome: Two Case Studies by John Tetnowski (Louisiana, USA) and Joe Donaher (Pennsylvania, USA) -Discussion-

From Freud to Dr. Phil: Applying One Hundred Years of Psychology To Dealing Effectively with Stuttering. by John Wade (Kansas, USA) -Discussion-

Enhancing My Self-Esteem: I'm Worth It!. by Jennifer Watson, (Texas, USA) -Discussion-

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

webweaver Judith Kuster
last updated October 1, 2003