2003 IFA Congress Articles

The Bitter Sweet Tale of Empiricism in Stuttering Treatment Research

The Bitter Sweet Tale of Empiricism in Stuttering Treatment Research

Mark Onslow
Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, PO Box I 70, Lidcombe, Australia, NS W 1285

The honour of giving a plenary address at Congress of the International Fluency Association invokes certain responsibilities. One that came to mind repeatedly as I thought about my task is the responsibility to address not only those who formally study and teach about the disorder of stuttering in universities, but also those who treat it, and, in particular, those who experience its effects every day. Surely an IFA plenary speaker has a responsibility to be thought provoking for all those parties. Perhaps even a little controversial. Not so much as to give offence and to dissipate the good humour that delegates always bring to conferences in this field, but just enough that might stimulate productive debate.

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