On March 6th, 2022, after a long illness, Peggy Janssen passed away at the age of 88 yrs.
Peggy was trained as an experimental and social psychologist at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. She started her career as a researcher at the Department of Phoniatrics/ENT at the Academic Hospital Utrecht (later University Medical Centre Utrecht) in 1968 with a research project on the effectiveness and efficacy of stuttering therapy. This was the start of more than 30 years of experimental and clinical activities in communication disorders and, more specifically, the domain of stuttering. Her stuttering research was unique in several ways.
Read more: In Memoriam Peggy Janssen
Marie-Christine Franken, University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Some 40 years ago, the notion arose that the success of stuttering therapy in its advanced stages (be it important for the individuals concerned) was limited on public health scale. One began to explore early intervention methods to eliminate stuttering at the time it begins. That desire was not without controversy. Apart from - mainly medical - thoughts that early therapy was not required (‘it will naturally disappear’), the notion that directing attention to stuttering was the cause of the problem dominated the professional thinking, esp. in the north-western part of the world.
Read more: Early intervention for stuttering: the evidence
For more information about green-open access, we suggest explore this link to a very helpful webpage, https://www.csdisseminate.com/, created by speech, hearing, and language scientists which describes the details and steps of self-archiving your research.
Read more: IFA Advocacy Committee encourages researchers to use green-open access
Some papers from the 2018 Joint World Congress in Hiroshima, Japan are now available, just use the menu to go to
IFA Congresses -> IFA Congress Proceedings -> 2018 Joint World Congress: Hiroshima Japan
Current IFA Members can view the entire text of the papers, the public can view the abstracts.
More papers will be published as the review process is completed.
It is a goal of the IFA to improve clinical services to people who stutter through more opportunities for clinicians to receive specialized training in how to conduct stuttering therapy. With the Global Workshop Initiative, the IFA would like to reach out to those (fluency) clinicians who might not normally be able to access international conferences or workshops designed to provide or improve clinicians’ skills in helping to treat people who stutter. There is a special focus on underserved regions and developing countries.
Read more: Information on the Global Workshop Initiative
If you are a therapist or academic who is interested in stuttering, cluttering and atypical fluency disorders in children, young people and adults, or a person who stutters or clutters, the IFA is the community to which you need to belong. IFA membership is good value and by joining our ranks you will be furthering both your own development, as well as supporting our field in a truly international and collaborative forum.
You will have access to these people via the Experts section of the new IFA website, the Global Workshops that the IFA is holding internationally, the World Congresses held every three years and the Proceedings, as well as the Journal of Fluency Disorders, to which you will automatically have access as an IFA member.
Read more: Why become a member of the IFA?