IFA Congresses

Keynote Speaker Article

Welcome to our exciting line-up of keynote speakers:

Dr Bruce Wampold speaking on the topic of "The Social Bases of Healing"; a panel led by Dr Florence Myers discussing the conceptualization of cluttering; Dr Koichi Mori talking about use of cognitive behavioral therapy with adults and adolescents who stutter in a group therapy setting; and Annie Bradberry and Dr Mitchell Trichon speaking on the topic of "Nurturing Partnerships and Cooperation in Our Stuttering/Cluttering World". 

See below for more details including abstracts and learning outcomes.

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Social Program

Please see below for details of the social program. Registration is now closed, but as you will see below, some of the newly added social events can be booked and paid for at the congress. We have created a varied program of events, but hope that delegates will also socialize informally in small and large groups, exploring and enjoying Hiroshima together! Places can be booked on all social events for friends and family members as well as delegates themselves.

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The Clinical Application of Prosthetic Tactile Pacing on Quantitative Stuttering Severity

Greg SNYDER, Sydney GULLEY, and Elizabeth WYLOT
The University of Mississippi, University, MS, USA

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Abstract.  This study tested the effects of a tactile pacing smartphone application on overt stuttering frequency.  A smartphone application was developed by StutterLess LLC that uses the touch screens and vibration motors within Android or iPhone smartphones to provide discreet user-activated vibrotactile pacing.  This study reports data for increased overt fluency of speech in an adult stuttering population, whereby participants spoke concurrently with initiatory tactile pulses (ranging from approximately 0.5 to 1.0 second intervals) originating from a handheld smartphone during speech production.  Participants who stutter used the StutterLess smartphone application for 3 weeks; data was collected on a weekly basis over videoconference.  Results indicate that the StutterLess smartphone application was an effective fluency enhancer for over 60% of research participants; during this 3 week trial, users showed no signs of adaptation to vibrotactile pacing, but instead demonstrated trends toward increased fluency enhancement over time.

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Lexical and Phonological Strategies Used by Adults Who Stutter: An Eye Tracking Study

Kristin M. PELCZARSKI Kansas State University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstract. Empirical evidence suggests that adults who stutter have difficulty completing tasks with nonwords, but perform similarly to non-stuttering adults when real words are used in the same tasks. The current eye tracking study investigates whether adults who stutter use a compensatory lexical access strategy to help bolster a less robust phonological system. Eye tracking and the visual world paradigm can be used to measure basic cognitive processes responsible for speech and reading, and have been successfully used to track both lexical access strategies and phonological strategies.

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