ISAD Conference 11

International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference, 2008

Don't Be Afraid of Stuttering

chaired by Judith Kuster, Minnesota State University, Mankato


Review of ten years of ISAD observances

by Judy Kuster and Michael Sugarman


Other ISAD2008 information and events are available here.


A Special Welcome to International Stuttering Awareness Day and the ISAD online conference by Benny Ravid (Israel), Chair of the International Stuttering Association

about the conference are welcome
Thank you for your participation.


Flags of countries of people participating in the online conference (flags will be added as I am able to 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 (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.

Office Hours — The Professor Is In

Several university professors agreed to serve as a panel to answer appropriately-posed questions about stuttering. This was 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


Stuttering: Information and Issues

Perfectionism and Stuttering: Is There a Connection by Barbara Amster and Evelyn Klein (Pennsylvania, USA) -Discussion-

What Clinicians Should Know! by Susan Block (Australia) -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-

Treating Children with Down Syndrome Who Stutter by Judith Eckardt, (Arizona, USA) -Discussion-

Stuttering in a Historic and Comparative Perspective by Steen Fibiger, (Denmark) -Discussion-

Multifaceted Stuttering Therapy for Adolescents and Adults: Intensive Therapy and Telepractice by Rod Gabel (Ohio, USA) -Discussion-

Seven Principles of Stuttering Therapy: Part 2 by Charley Healey (Nebraska, USA) -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-

On the Concept of Fluency by Sandra Merlo (Brazil) -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-

The Public School Specialist In Stuttering by Charles Van Riper (deceased), Carl Dell (Illinois, USA) and Nina Readon-Reeves (Texas, USA) -Discussion-

Some Thoughts on Stuttering Therapy by J. David Williams (Florida, USA) -Discussion-

Clinical Nuggets: Treatment Treasures and Activities

Speech Soup by Kristin Chmela (Illinois, USA) -Discussion-

Bucket Analogy for Factors Associated with Childhood Stuttering by Craig Coleman (Pennsylvania, USA) -Discussion-

Bring a Friend to Speech Day by Crystal Cooper (Florida, USA) -Discussion-

Helping Children Tell Their Own Story by Julie Gasway (Iowa, USA) and MaryAnn Simpson (New York, USA) -Discussion-

Stretches and Smashes by Bill Murphy (Indiana, USA) and Peter Ramig (Colorado, 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-

"Listen" to What I Do by Gary Rentschler (Pennsylvania, 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-

Too Much, Too Little, Just Right by Scott Yaruss (Pennsylvania, USA) -Discussion-

The Experts (PWS) Speak For Themselves

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)

Thanks To My Stutter, I'm Never Lost For Words by Alan Badmington (Wales) -Discussion-

Gift: Marriage or Poison! by Anita Blom (Sweden) -Discussion-

Understanding Stuttering as a Gift? by Walt Manning (Tennessee, USA) -Discussion-

Stuttering is a Gift by Peter Reitzes (New York, USA), Greg Snyder (Mississippi, USA), Joseph Klein (New York, USA) and Eric Jackson (New York, USA) -Discussion-

Writing a Novel Helped this Author Find a Voice by Kimberly Newton Fusco (Rhode Island, USA) -Discussion-

Do We Spend Too Much Time Talking To Ourselves? by Leys Geddes (England, UK) -Discussion-

SLP Students Just Wanna Have FUN! by Russ Hicks (Texas, USA) -Discussion-

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 Way Found Me by Pamela Mertz (New York, USA) -Discussion-

Happily Ever After by Ellen-Marie Silverman (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) -Discussion-

self vs. Self by Sachin Srivastava (India) -Discussion-

Especially for "kids" — "adults" welcome, too

Time2Talk by Bob Adams and Hilary Liddle (England, UK) -Discussion-

Put a Spell on Stuttering by Tim Mackesey and Katie B. (Georgia, USA) -Discussion-

The Can't-Be-Seen Who Couldn't Squawk by Dale Williams and Brennan Williams (Florida, 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, and Jerry Anderson.

about the conference are welcome
Thank you for your participation.

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