19th International Stuttering Awareness Day

Date : 29 mai 2024
Heure : 8h30 à 18h
Lieu : Pavillon 7077 avenue du Parc, salle 3001-11
Adresse : 7077 avenue du Parc Montréal, Québec Canada H3N 1X7


On the 20th of October 2016, for the celebration of the 19th International Stuttering Awareness Day, the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology of the University of Montreal and the SLP stuttering team at the Centre de réadaptation Marie Enfant are organizing a day of activities to promote awareness around stuttering among the great public and the clinical society.
This year, we will put emphasis on stuttering linked to attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), and on cluttering, which remains a poorly understood facet of fluency disorders.

In the morning session, Joseph Donaher, Ph. D., will be with us for a videoconference on key characteristics of ADHD, and its impact on the communicational capacities of children suffering from this disorder. He will discuss specific implications linked to stuttering in the frame of ADHD and intervention strategies.
After a Lunch where we will have the occasion to discuss and share our clinical experiences, Florence Myers, Ph. D., will be with us for a videoconference on cluttering. She will address the subject from all angles: evaluation, differential diagnostic, and treatment. More specifically, she will discuss therapeutic approaches relating to meta-awareness, moderation, monitoring, and modulation.
At the end of the afternoon, we will be welcoming young people who stutter and representatives from the Association des Jeunes Bègues du Québec (AJBQ). They will be there to share their experiences with stuttering. These presentations will be followed by a cocktail.


The videoconferences will be broadcasted in room 3001-11 at the École d’orthophonie et d’audiologie at 7077, Parc Avenue, H3N1X7, Montreal. Take note that there are only 22 places available for the full day at the EOA. The afternoon activities and the cocktail will take room in the Agora of the EOA.
The conferences will be available as webinars as well. You will receive a link upon inscription through which you will be able to connect on the 20th of October.



There are only 22 places available to attend the conferences on location. To attend the webinars from your computer, you have the possibility to subscribe to either one of the webinars or to both.
If you are a student, you benefit from a reduced rate on the webinar registration(send an email with a valid student ID to receive a reduction code).



Professional Student
Complete day on location* 100$
Webinaire 1 & 2 80$ 60$
Webinaire 1 40$ 30$
Webinaire 2 40$ 30$

including lunch and cocktail


08h30 – 09h00 Registration
09h00 – 10h30

10h45 – 12h00

The Impact of Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity-Disorder on Stuttering and Fluency*

Joseph Donaher, Ph. D.

12h00 – 13h00 Lunch
13h00 -14h30

14h45 -16h00

Clinical Management of Cluttering*

Florence Myers, Ph. D.

16h00 – 16h30 Break
16h30 – 17h30 Presentations from our young clients, prices to win
17h30 – 18h00 Cocktail

Conférence / Webinaire 1

09h00 – 12h00

The Impact of Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity-Disorder on Stuttering and Fluency
Joseph Donaher, Ph. D.

Conference abstract

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by reduced attention, increased impulsivity and increased hyperactivity. Additionally, ADHD has been linked with excessive talking and frequent disfluencies. This workshop will introduce the key characteristics of ADHD, discuss the emerging literature on ADHD and stuttering and explore clinical intervention strategies.


Learning objectives

  • Determine the diagnostic criteria and key characteristics of ADHD
  • Identify various ways in which ADHD can effect a child’s ability to communicate effectively
  • Discuss the literature base regarding stuttering, disfluency and ADHD
  • Describe intervention strategies based on specific speech patterns commonly demonstrated by children with ADHD


Conférence / Webinaire 2

13h00 – 16h00

Clinical management of cluttering
Florence Myers, PhD

Conference abstract

Cluttering is a complex and multidimensional fluency disorder that is related to but not the same as stuttering. Emphasis will be placed on the perceptual nature of cluttering–to be ‘heard’ or perceived in order to be identified–as it is the culmination of various speech-language dimensions that interact with one another. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the nature of cluttering, followed by a presentation of its assessment, differential diagnosis from stuttering, and treatment. The Myers Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to treatment will be detailed, as a framework from which to develop a better understanding of the nature and clinical management of cluttering. Exceeding one’s rate capacity for the encoding of thoughts, language and articulatory gestures is considered to be an underlying motivation for the surface features of cluttering, resulting in varying degrees of reduced speech intelligibility and narrative comprehensibility. Individuals with cluttering may vary in their symptomatology, producing subgroups of cluttering that vary in degree of motoric and/or linguistic manifestations. The constructs of meta-awareness, moderation, monitoring and modulation are discussed. Therapy approaches aiming to enhance and ‘flesh out’ these constructs for our clients will be discussed and illustrated.


Learning Objectives

  • To describe the underlying nature of cluttering.
  • To describe the multidimensionality of cluttering symptoms.
  • To discuss the constructs of meta-awareness, moderation, monitoring and modulation as related to the treatment of cluttering.
  • To illustrate assessment and treatment approaches for cluttering.



Joseph Donaher , Ph. D., University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at The University of Pennsylvania. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency and Fluency Disorders. Currently Dr. Donaher serves on the Editorial Review Board for ASHA’s Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders and the Research and Publications Committee of the International Fluency Association. His clinical and research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of school-age children who stutter and disfluency patterns secondary to neurological conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Florence Myers, Ph. D., Adelphy University, New York

Dr. Florence Myers has been Professor at Adelphi University (New York) since 1978. Her areas of interest include stuttering and cluttering; as well as the interrelationship of language functions, prosody and fluency. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, recipient of the Deso Weiss Award for Excellence in Cluttering (sponsored by the International Cluttering Association and the Stuttering Foundation of America). She was a Fulbright Senior Specialist to Hong Kong University with specialty in fluency disorders. She has authored or co-authored books and book chapters on stuttering and cluttering, and published in various peer-reviewed journals. Her invited presentations have spanned the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia.


Organizing committee

  • Lydia Garneau, orthophoniste au Centre de Réadaptation Marie-Enfant
  • Judith Labonté, orthophoniste au Centre de Réadaptation Marie-Enfant
  • Anne Moïse-Richard, orthophoniste au Centre de Réadaptation Marie-Enfant et chargée de cours à l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
  • Ingrid Verduyckt, Ph. D. Professeure adjointe, École d’orthophonie et d’audiologie, Université de Montréal