International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2004

International Year of the Child Who Stutters

to the seventh!! International Online Conference on Stuttering, chaired by Judith Kuster, Minnesota State University, Mankato.



Information about other ISAD2004 events are available here.


Flags of countries of people participating in the online conference

Become an official Geography Genius - for kids under age 14.

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 is in celebration of the International Year of the Child Who Stutters, and is designed for people who stutter (adults and children), their families and employers, the professionals who work with them, students in training and their instructors. It also features a special section specifically designed for kids and teens who stutter.

Beginning October 1 there are 31 full length papers, 1 panel with several shorter papers, and two sections - "The Professor is In" and "The Researcher is In" - where you can ask questions of several professionals. An additional special feature are presentations that are especially appropropriate for children and teens who stutter. These are marked with . Please visit the presentations with children who stutter and help them participate in the threaded discussions! indicates that an audio file accompanies the presentation. These audio files are designed to work both Macintosh and PC.

The contributions in this conference reflect professional and consumer interests about stuttering and are presented by over 60 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, 2004, 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.

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. 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.

about the conference are welcome
Thank you for your participation.

Office Hours - the experts

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.

Office Hours: The Professor Is In
list of professors here
Discussion is here
Several researchers have agreed to serve as a panel to answer appropriately-posed questions about research in fluency and fluency disorders. This is especially designed to make the research understandable, not to evaluate it. It is a good opportunity for students, as well as parents of children who stutter, and for children, teens, and adults who stutter to ask questions about research of several highly qualified researchers in the area of stuttering.

Office Hours: The Researcher Is In
list of reseachers here
Discussion is here

Especially for Kids and Teens Who Stutter (adults are welcome, too!)

This section contains several shorter papers and other material that is designed to appeal to children and teens who stutter, as well as their families, teachers, and clinicians..

Stuttering Didn't Stop Them: Some "Famous People Who Stutter" by Judy Kuster's undergraduate class in Stuttering (Minnesota, USA) -Discussion-

Looking Back and Looking Forward: It Gets Easier
(Please read the short introduction about Bridge Builders before you read the selections below. All the individuals stories below are also linked to the bottom of Looking Back and Looking Forward)

Online Stories

Presentations about Stuttering by Kids Who Stutter.

Songs About Stuttering introduction by Judy Kuster (Minnesota, USA) -Discussion-

      Sweet Relief by Jason Gray (Minnesota, USA).
      The Man in the Mirror by Frankie Jones (Nebraska, USA)
      I'm The Scatman by John "Scatman" Larkin (deceased).


Invited Papers — Especially for the Adults and Teens (Kids are welcome, too!)

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.

Panel: Kids and Teens support projects (The short articles below are all connected to this link) -Discussion-

      Friends-the National Association for Young People Who Stutter by Lee Caggiano (New York, USA)
      Stuttering Foundation of American - Materials for Kids and Teens by Jane Fraser (Tennessee, USA)
      CD ROM PROJECT - A Resource for Children, Teachers and Parents by Mark Irwin (Australia)
      Beaumont-NSA Teens Who Stutter (TWIST) Support Group by Rick Merson and Cathy Olish (Michigan, USA)
      National Stuttering Association Materials for Kids and Teens by Nina Reardon (Illinois, USA)

Our Time Our Voice by Taro Alexander, Angelina Bruno-Metzger, Corom Buksha, Jonathan Greig, Yoni Messing and Keith Russell (New York, USA) -Discussion-

Counseling Parents of Children Who Stutter: a transition from information giver to clinician/counselor by Charleen Bloom and Donna Cooperman -Discussion-

Intensive Treatment: Let's Take a Look at Teens by Susan Cochrane (New York, USA) -Discussion-

A mouse in the corner: Reflections upon listening to a 1966 audio recording of Charles Van Riper and Joseph G. Sheehan informally discussing stuttering moderated by Eugene Cooper (Florida, USA) -Discussion-

Therapeutic Listening by Joe Donaher and Mike Retzinger (Pennsylvania, USA and Wisconsin, USA) -Discussion-

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things! by Judith Eckhardt (Arizona, USA) -Discussion-

Stuttering Goes To School: A Guide for Teachers by Silvana Franchini, Maria Eugenia Ramirez, and Cristina Reppett (Argentina) -Discussion-

Is there room for improvisation in all of this? by Pat Gangnon, (Wisconsin, USA) -Discussion-

Fluency Friday Plus: An Intensive Treatment Program for Children with Stuttering by Diane Games, (Ohio, USA) -Discussion-

Treating Preschoolers Who Stutter - Solutions Within A Publicly Funded Program by Marlene Green (Canada) -Discussion-

What I Wish I Had Known by Dori Holte (Minnesota, USA) -Discussion-

Confirmation Day for Blaise by Martin Jumbam (Cameroon, W. AFRICA) -Discussion-

Inspirational Sayings by Judy Kuster and many others around the world -Discussion-

Successful breakthrough therapy by Li Qingsong (Nanjing City, China) -Discussion- (Chinese Version of "Success Breakthrough Therapy" for Chinese readers)

Obsessions with Language, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Stutter by Jesse Loesberg (California, USA) -Discussion-

When Children Who Stutter Present Co-occuring Speech-Language Disorders: Some Clinical Considerations by Kenneth J. Logan (Florida, USA) -Discussion-

CFO: Chief Fluency Officer by Tim Mackesey and Robert Jones (Georgia, USA) -Discussion-

Employing the MSAM in Attaining, Maintaining and Transferring Fluency in the Schools by Kay Monkhouse (Pennsylvania, USA) -Discussion-

My Personal Transformation by Masaki Nagao (Japan) -Discussion-

Fluency Shaping Techniques: Helpful, But Why We Must Know More by Peter Ramig and Darrell Dodge (Colorado, USA) -Discussion-

Tongue Tied. by John Ravenscroft (England) -Discussion-

The Dreaded Job Interview: Secret Tips from the Inside -for Stutterers! by Chris Roach (Texas, USA) -Discussion-

Providing Help for People Who Stutter: A World View by Ken St. Louis (West Virginia, USA) -Discussion-

Riding The "Fluency Instability" Roller Coaster by Phillip Schneider (New York, USA) -Discussion-

FRIENDS & Family Day: One-Day Workshop for Supporting Children Who Stutter & Their Families by Lynne Shields (Missouri, USA), Susan Short (Illinois, USA) Ro Ostergaard (Illinois, USA) Lee Caggiano (New York, USA), Bill Shannon (New York, USA) -Discussion-

Using Story to Help Heal by Ellen-Marie Silverman, (Wisconsin, USA) -Discussion-

stutter as story by Nathaniel Stern, (South Africa) -Discussion-

International Stuttering Awareness Day: ISAD from conception to present day by Michael Sugarman, (California, USA) -Discussion-

The Power Of Metaphor In Stuttering Therapy by Luc Tielens (Belgium) -Discussion-

Wall of silence: What your kids won't tell you about bullying by GW -Discussion-

Her Child Stutters and She Became a Pyromaniac by Albert Zhang (Shanghai, China) -Discussion-