Don't Be Afraid of Stuttering
chaired by Judith Kuster, Minnesota State University, Mankato
A Special Welcome to International Stuttering Awareness Day and the ISAD online conference by Benny Ravid (Israel), Chair of the International Stuttering Association
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 (the eleventh!) 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 14 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.
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Perfectionism and Stuttering: Is There a Connection by Barbara Amster and Evelyn Klein (Pennsylvania, USA) -Discussion-
Can a Fluent Stuttering Therapist be as Good as a Stuttering Fluency Therapist? by Joe Donaher (Pennsylvania, USA) and Joe Klein (New York, USA) -Discussion-
Stuttering in a Historic and Comparative Perspective by Steen Fibiger, (Denmark) -Discussion-
Stuttering and Bilingualism in Children and Adults by Brian Humphrey (Florida, USA) and Rosalee Shenker (Canada) -Discussion-
Support for the Self-Expression of Children Who Stutter by Shinji Ito (Japan) -Discussion-
The SpeechEasy: Emerging evidence for interested clinicians and prospective buyers by Ryan Pollard and John Ellis (Colorado, USA) -Discussion-
An Online Initiative to Bring Self-Help to Turkish Speaking Stutterers by Kenneth St. Louis (West Virginia, USA) and Seyhun Topbas (Turkey) -Discussion-
Music Therapy Interventions for Improving Fluency Among People Who Stutter by Erika Shira (Massachusetts, USA) -Discussion-
The International Speech Project (ISP) Mission to Togo and Senegal by Anne-Marie Simon (France) and Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso, W. Africa) -Discussion-
Stuttering and Concomitant Disorders: What to Tell Clients and their Families by John Tetnowski and Jill Douglas (Louisiana, USA) -Discussion-
Bucket Analogy for Factors Associated with Childhood Stuttering by Craig Coleman (Pennsylvania, USA) -Discussion-
What Does a Grapefruit Have To Do With Stuttering? An Analogy for Understanding the Experience of Covert Stuttering by Kristin Pelczarski (Pennsylvania, USA) -Discussion-
Learning about Speech Production, Easy Initiations and Moving Through Sounds in Words by Peter Reitzes (New York, USA) -Discussion-
Working Together to Make Therapy Work: Getting Others in on the Act by Lynne Shields (Missouri, USA) -Discussion-
The Young Child Who Stutters: Feeling Good About Talking by Patty Walton (Colorado, USA) -Discussion-
Messages from adults who consider their stuttering a "gift" — short papers by some experts.
There are comments attached to each paper individually and also messages to all of the experts at once here.
Introduction — please read this first by Judith Kuster (Minnesota, USA)
What is Stuttering? -- defining stuttering from the speaker's viewpoint by Mark Irwin (Australia) -Discussion-
How Finding Information About Stuttering Transformed My Life by Guy-Cedric Mbouopda (Cameroon, W. Africa) -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, and Jerry Anderson.
webweaver Judith Kuster
last updated October 1, 2008