International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2006

Don't talk ABOUT us, talk WITH us!


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


Other ISAD2006 information and events are available here.



Flags of countries of people participating in the online conference (flags will be added as I am able verify additional countries participating)


International Stuttering Awareness Day (October 22) began in 1998, spear-headed by Michael Sugarman, Oakland, California. ISAD 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. Online conferences, organized by Judy Kuster, have been an integral part of International Stuttering Awareness Day since its inception.

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 designed for people who stutter, their families and employers, the professionals who work with them, students in training and their instructors.

The contributions in this conference reflect professional and consumer interests about stuttering and are presented by over 60 individuals representing 22 different countries on 5 different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. 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.

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.

about the conference are welcome
Thank you for your participation.


Office Hours - The Professor Is In

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.

list of professors here
Ask your question here


The Experts (PWS) Speak For Themselves

ExtraOrdinary People Who Stutter , interviews by Judy Kuster's undergraduate stuttering class members featuring Lars Afeldt (Sweden), Anita Scharis Blom (Sweden), Eric Christensen (Minnesota, USA), Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso, W. Africa), Mario D'Hont (Belgium), Gloria Klumb (Wisconsin, USA), Renee Krul (New Jersey, USA), Joseph Lukong (Cameroon, W. Africa), Jim McClure (Illinois, USA), Cynthia Scace (Vermont, USA), David Shifren (New York, USA), Andreas Starke (Germany), Ray Tong (China), Tony Troiano (New York, USA), Bernie Weiner (Michigan, USA), Bonnie Weiss (New York, USA), Gang Wu (China) -Discussion-

Brighter Days for People Who Stutter in Africa: Outcome of the First African Conference on Stuttering by Joseph Lukong (Cameroon, West Africa) -Discussion-

The following short papers reflect the spreading self-help movement for people who stutter in Africa. -Discussion-.

Technology: A friend or foe of someone who stutters? by Alan Badmington (Wales) -Discussion-

Winning the Inner Game by Winton Bates (Australia) -Discussion-

Is Stuttering a Disability?: Speech at the International Fluency Association World Congress by Anita Blom (Sweden) -Discussion-

Group Meeting: Play about Stuttering by Marija Cvetkovic (Croatia) -Discussion-

Because I Stutter by Russ Hicks (Texas, USA) -Discussion-

Influence of Stuttering on Career Decisions: A Personal Story by Prakhar Sachan (India) -Discussion-

Mind Matters by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Wisconsin, USA) -Discussion-

Success! In Spite Of (or maybe because of?) Stuttering - Personal Stories by Tony Stewart (England) and Robert Van Keilegom (Belgium) -Discussion-

Changing The World For People Who Stutter by Michael Sugarman (California, USA) -Discussion-

Research about stuttering

Virtual reality and stuttering: Opportunities and challenges by Shelley Brundage (Washington, DC USA) -Discussion-

Preparing Clinicians to Treat Stuttering by Robert Kroll (Canada), Frances Cook (England), Luc De Nil (Canada) and Nan Ratner (Maryland, USA) -Discussion-

The telehealth adaptation of the Lidcombe Program of early stuttering intervention by Christine Lewis (Australia) -Discussion-

The Impact of Stuttering at Work: Challenges and Discrimination by Marshall Rice and Robert Kroll (Canada) -Discussion-

What's in a Name? by Ken St. Louis (West Virginia, USA) -Discussion-

The Existence of Stuttering in Sign Language and other Forms of Expressive Communication: Sufficient Cause for the Emergence of a New Stuttering Paradigm? by Greg Snyder (Mississippi, USA) -Discussion-

Stuttering in Sudan and new Hopes for the Persons Who Stutter (PWS): Survey Study in Khartoum State Primary Schools by Sami Awad Yasin (Khartoum, Sudan, Africa) -Discussion-

Stuttering: Information and Issues

The Team: Who They Are, What They Do, and How To Join by Willie Botterill (England), Edwin Farr (England), and Mark Irwin (Australia) -Discussion-

Keep Spreading the Word - a 5-minute QuickTime movie of how information about stuttering is spreading around the world through ISAD, ISA, IFA, ELSA, ASHA, SFA, and other organizations and individuals. Produced by Lee Nelson & Michael Sugarman -Discussion-

Clinical Nuggets: Treatment Treasures and Activities — short papers each sharing a therapy idea

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is...The Perfect Job: Tips for Getting (and Keeping) a Job by Beth Bienvenu (Maryland, USA) -Discussion-

How Your Expectations Can Sink Your Ship by John Harrison (California, USA) -Discussion-

Are people who stutter truly oppressed? by Louise Heite (Alaska, USA) -Discussion-

Up Close And Personal: Living With a Legend by Devon Williams Kundel (Missouri, USA), Marian Sheehan (Washington, USA) and Jane Fraser (Tennessee, USA) -Discussion-

Reactive or Proactive: How Do You Respond to Stuttering? by Tim Mackesey, (Georgia, USA) -Discussion-

Liberating Ourselves as Clinicians: The Care and Feeding of Us and Our Clients by Catherine Montgomery (New York, USA) -Discussion-

Stuttering Well: The Clinician's Use of Positive Language by Peter Reitzes (New York, USA) -Discussion-

Two philosophies of treatment for stuttering in China by Ren Zhiqiang (China) and Yao Xinshan (China), translated by Huang Haiyin (China) -Discussion for Dr. Ren and -Discussion for Psychologist Yao

What Does Transactional Analysis Tell Us About Therapy for Stuttering? by William Rosenthal (California, USA) -Discussion-

The Culture of Stuttering by George Shames (Pennsylvania, USA) -Discussion-

What People Who Stutter Have Taught Me About Demons and Freedom by Cindy Spillers (Minnesota, USA) -Discussion-

Organic Therapy by Michael Susca (California, USA) -Discussion-

about the conference are welcome
Thank you for your participation.

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