Overview of the International Fluency Association’s World Congress from Portugal (Ep. 526)

stutteringHilda Sønsterud and Kirsten Howells join Dr. Tom Weidig at the International Fluency Association’s 2015 World Congress on cluttering, stuttering and other fluency disorders in Lisbon, Portugal. The World Congress is a collaboration between the International Fluency Association (IFA) and the International Cluttering Association (ICA). Hilda, Kirsten and Tom discuss the IFA pre-conference, conference and post conference, the featured presentations and presenters and much more. It is reported that people are attending the conference from 32 countries with some scholarships being provided for those in need.

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Hilda Sønsterud

Hilda Sønsterud is a Speech and Language therapist in Oslo, Norway. She works as a Senior Adviser at Statped, a national centre with interdisciplinary expertise in the field of speech, language and communication disorders. Hilda works primarily with treatment, education and research related to fluency disorders. She runs courses within the field of stuttering and cluttering, and she provides clinical practice for SLTs and SLT students. She is an international representative in the International Cluttering Association (ICA).

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Kirsten Howells

Kirsten Howells trained as a speech and language therapist in the UK and worked within the UK’s National Health Service for 5 years before moving to Norway in 2008. She currently works at Bredtvet Resource Centre in Norway, where she specialises in assessment and treatment related to fluency disorders, and provides supervision and guidance for clinicians working with dysfluency across the south-east of Norway.

Dr. Tom Weidig is the brain behind the popular Stuttering Brain blog. Dr. Weidig’s blog contains more than 1000 posts and 5000 comments over a period of 10 years with 1000 weekly readers.

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Dr. Tom Weidig

Dr. Weidig has a PhD and has done postdoctoral research in theoretical physics and currently works in the financial industry specializing in private equity and venture capital.




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Hilda, Tom and Kisten recording from Lisbon, Portugal