International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2007



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


Other ISAD2007 information and events are available here.



Flags of countries of people participating in the online conference


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 90 individuals representing 29 different countries on 5 different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for 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.

about the conference are welcome
Thank you for your participation.


Office Hours — The Professor Is In

Several university professors 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


Research about Stuttering

Locus of Control in Adults Who Stutter by Orlin Baev (Bulgaria) -Discussion-

Cluttering: Characteristics Identified as Diagnostically Significant by 60 Fluency Experts by David Daly (Michigan, USA) -Discussion-

Neurogenic stuttering — so much we know, so much we still need to discover! by Luc DuNil (Canada) -Discussion-

Lasting blissful relief from early stuttering? by Mark Onslow (Australia) -Discussion-

Why Do So Many Stutterers Fail to Stutter When Alone and How Can This Phenomonen Be Used in Treatment? by Ilia Rasskazov and Natalia Rasskazova (Russian Federation) -Discussion-

Part I: Speech Disfluency in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Clinical Problem Solving for Autistic Disorders by Vivian Sisskin (Maryland, USA) and Kathleen Scaler Scott (Louisiana, USA)
Part II: Speech Disfluency in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Clinical Problem Solving for Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified and Asperger Syndrome by Kathleen Scaler Scott (Louisiana, USA) and Vivian Sisskin (Maryland, USA)
Discussion for either or both Part I and Part II

The use of drama-therapy in the rehabilitation of stuttering patients by Donatella Tomaiuoli, Francesca Del Gado, Paola Falcone, Calogero Marchese, Eleonora Pasqua, and Maria Grazia Spinetti (Rome, Italy) -Discussion-

The Experts (PWS) Speak For Themselves

A Magical Place, A Magical World by Taro Alexander (New York, USA) -Discussion-

Stuttering In Cameroon To Take A Different Course Of Thought: Exploring Solutions For The Future by Jonas Berinyuy (Cameroon, West Africa) -Discussion-

"Parole d'Espoir" - making gains in fluency through self-help and friendship in Mauritius by Jim Caroopen (Mauritius, Africa) -Discussion-

The Challenges Associated With Dysfluency And University Life: Personal Perspective Of A Mild Covert Stutterer by Rob Grieve (England) -Discussion-

Once Upon a Brain Aneurysm by Brian Humphrey (Florida, USA) -Discussion-

Lost in the stuttering woods: Ten years later by Joe Klein (New York, USA) -Discussion-

Putting Cluttering on the World Map: Formation of the International Cluttering Association by Florence Myers (New York, USA) and Peter Kissagizlis (England, UK) -Discussion-

Solution-Oriented Life: A Journey to Imperfect Fluency by Gunars Neiders (Washington, USA) -Discussion-

My Brain Has A Mind Of Its Own by John Paskievich (Canada) -Discussion-

Creating Conditions for Change by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Wisconsin, USA) -Discussion-

Messages for Teens about Living With Stuttering — short papers by some experts.

New Internet Technologies

Messages about self-help from around the world — 3 minute videos from self-help group members


Orlin Baev Bulgaria
Anita Blom Sweden
Hermann Christmann Denmark
Moussa Dao Burkina Faso, Africa
Mel Hoffman USA
Arne Hope Norway
Shinji Ito Japan
Dritan Kici Albania
Thomas Krall Germany
Prem Kumar India
Joseph Lukong Cameroon
Jiri Mazoch Czech Republic
Mario Medven Croatia
Velda Osborne United Kingdom
Benny Ravid Israel
Indra Lal Shrestha Nepal
Salad Tutana Kenya, Africa
Ella Valve Finland
Ronald Van Drunen Netherlands
Zung-Shan, Li China

Extending the Self-Help Movement in the Digital Domain by Greg Snyder and Peter Reitzes (Mississippi and New York, USA) -Discussion-

Live audio/video conferencing with Skype — talk online with people who stutter by GW (England, UK). Jan Gaudissabois (Belgium) and Judy Kuster (Minnesota, USA) -Discussion-

Add Altered Auditory Feedback to Your Toolbox... For Free by Richard Arenas (Iowa, USA) -Discussion-

You Tube: If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them by Leys Geddes (England, UK) -Discussion-

Stuttering: Information and Issues

Two Stuttering Foundation Brochures Translated into 17 Languages by Sybren Bouwsma (Netherlands), Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso), Elena Dyakova (Russia), Manfred Fitzner (Germany), Dobrinka Georgieva and Meglina Simonska (Bulgaria), Hjörleifur Ingason (Iceland), Hee Cheong Chon (Korea), Arne Hope (Norway), Dritan Kici (Albania), Masuhiko Kawasaki (Japan), Per Knudsen (Denmark), Jiri Mazoch (Czech Republic), Sandra Merlo and Ignes Maia Ribeiro (Brazil), Barak Liberman (Israel), Indra Lel Shrestha (Nepal), Satyendra Kumar Srivastava (India) and Wang Qiang (China), -Discussion-

Clinical Nuggets: Treatment Treasures and Activities —

Fulbright Senior Specialist Opportunities in Stuttering by Susan Felsenfeld (Connecticut, USA) and Judith Kuster (Minnesota, USA) -Discussion-

Seven Principles of Stuttering Therapy by Charley Healey (Nebraska, USA) -Discussion-

War and Stuttering by Dritan Kici (Albania) -Discussion-

The world of stuttering at your fingertips: SLP student participation in the ISAD online conference by Charlie Osborne, Stepheni Balcsik, and Elizabeth Boettcher (Wisconsin, USA) -Discussion-

Support/study groups for SLPs by Lourdes Ramos-Heinrichs, Sandra Garzón, Maureen Larkin, Virginia Nicholson, Jose Sanchez, and Helen Selle (Massachusetts, USA) -Discussion-

Emotional Intelligence and Stuttering Intervention by Isabella Reichel (New York, USA) -Discussion-

What's a person trained in child language doing working in an area like this? by Amy Weiss (Rhode Island, USA) -Discussion-

The coordinator of this conference gratefully acknowledges the continuing patient and expert help and support of the ITS staff at Minnesota State University, Mankato, especially Jeffrey Hundstad, Jeffrey Henline, Jerry Anderson, Travis Kump, and Brian McMahon as well as Tom Kuster for producing the videos for this conference.

about the conference are welcome
Thank you for your participation.

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last updated October 1, 2007