UWE academic takes part in online stuttering conference

Issue date: 25 September 2007

Rob Grieve Rob Grieve, a senior lecturer in Physiotherapy, at the University of the West of England, will present a paper at the Tenth Annual International Stuttering Online Conference which opens on 1 October. The theme of the conference is "Stuttering Awareness: Global Community, Local Activity."

The conference is aimed at people with an interest in stuttering, as well as professional therapists and their clients. The conference is freely-available on the Internet, (http://www.stutteringhomepage.com) from October 1 - 22, 2007. The final day of the conference, 22 October, is designated as 'International Stuttering Awareness Day' by the International Fluency Association (IFA), the International Stuttering Association (ISA) and the European League of Stuttering Associations (ELSA).

Rob, who has been a stutterer since childhood, says, “I have a mild/covert stutter which I have mainly overcome, although it occasionally can be a challenge in the world of academia. Last year I presented a poster on the challenges and difficulties associated with dysfluency and academic life at the 5th World Congress of IFA in at Trinity College Dublin.

“This year's international conference is aimed at highlighting stuttering to the wider world. The aim of my paper this year, will be to give an insight into the challenges and pressures of an occupation where fluency is taken for granted and to give encouragement to people who stutter (PWS) involved in higher education. Hopefully my paper will strike a chord with those involved in university education, both in the lecturing and student experience.”

The Conference will include presentations, by consumers and professionals from more than 25 countries, which will be posted on the website and feedback and discussion is invited through an Internet bulletin board (threaded discussion).
Self-help for stuttering, messages for teens about living with stuttering, therapy ideas from clinicians, and full-length articles featuring people who stutter speaking for themselves are all part of this year's conference. The conference will also feature applications of new internet technologies to stuttering, research and general information.
The online conference will be open at the top of the Stuttering Home Page (http://www.stutteringhomepage.com) from October 1 - 22, 2007, and is freely accessible to anyone with a connection to the Internet.


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