A Multinational Investigation of Stuttering Intervention: Assumptions, Practices, and Lessons

David A. Sharpiro: Professor, Speech-Language Pathologist
Western Carolina University, Communication Disorders Program, Department of Human Services, Killian 204 Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723 USA

Manon Abbink: (representing Poland and Germany) Speech-Language Pathologist, Stuttering Therapist
Almelo, The Netherlands

Melissa Bortz: Speech-Language Pathologist and Coordinator
Multidisciplinary Clinic of the Hillbrow Community Partnership in Health Personnel Education
Johannesburg, South Africa

Andrea Bruna V.: Speech-Language Pathologist
Private Practice, Santiago, Chile

Frances Cook Principal Speech and Language Therapist, Manager
Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, London, England

Peter Dhu: President
Speak Easy Association of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia

Johanna Einarsdottir: Speech and Language Therapist Private Practice
Taljalfun Reykjavikur; Iceland

Elizabeth Haynes: Speech-Language Pathologist
Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Sinfree Makoni: Associate Professor Speech-Language Pathologist
Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York USA

Shoko Miyamoto: Speech-Language Pathologist, Doctoral Student
Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan

Lawrence Molt: Chairman, Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathologist/Audiologist
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama USA

Nelson Moses (representing Chile): Chairman, Speech-Language Pathologist
Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York USA

Isabella Reichel (representing Russia and Ukraine): Adjunct Professor and Stuttering Specialist
Fluency Renaissance Center, Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York USA

Anne-Marie Simon Assistant Professor, Orthophoniste
Bourg-La Reine, France

Beatriz Biain de Touzet: Professor; Speech-Language Pathologist
Buenos Aires University, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Yvonne Van Zaalen: Speech Therapist, Senior Stuttering Therapist
Praktyk voor Logopedie en Stottertherapie, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Margaret Marks Wahlhaus: Speech Pathologist and Audiologist, Honorary Research Associate
Australian Stuttering Research Center; University of Sydney, Australia


The specific purposes of this research were to determine the assumptions, methods, and ultimate lessons learned and purposes served by clinicians who treat people who stutter in diverse nations across the world, and to make comparisons within and across countries and cultures. Seventeen clinician-researchers representing 14 countries across 6 continents each distributed a 10-item survey to an intended sample of 25 clinicians in their own country Who treat people who stutter. The results, both quantitative and qualitative, reveal a commonality of purpose among multinational service providers, the importance of working together and communicating across international borders, and a window into the world as a global classroom.
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