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11th Oxford Dysfluency Conference - 'Challenge and Change'

20th to 23rd September 2017, St. Catherine's College, Oxford

Conference Chairs:
Sharon Millard, The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering, UK
Shelley B. Brundage, George Washington University, USA

ODC has a reputation as one of the leading international scientific conferences in the field of dysfluency. The conference brings together researchers and clinicians, providing a showcase and forum for discussion and collegial debate about the most current and innovative research and clinical practices. Throughout the history of ODC, the primary aim has been to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice.

The conference seeks to promote research that informs management, with interventions that are supported by sound theory and which inform future research.

In 2017, the goal is to encourage discussion and debate that will challenge and enhance our perspectives and understanding of research; the nature of stuttering and / or cluttering; and management across the ages.

To submit your abstract or to register please visit the conference website.


Pre-and post-Oxford Dysfluency Conference (ODC) training courses
If you are visiting the UK for ODC this September, you may wish to attend a training course at the Michael Palin Centre. We have two courses available:

Palin Parent-Child Interaction therapy for children under 7 who stammer
18th and 19th September 2017 (2 days) Cost: £200
Download flyer here

5-day course for developing specialist SLTs
25th to 29th September 2017 (5 days) Cost: £500
Download flyer here



We are pleased to announce the publication of the Proceedings for the 10th Oxford Dysfluency Conference. You will be able to freely access a range of full papers and abstracts from the conference. These were sponsored by Action for Stammering Children and are published in Procedia - Social and Behavioural Sciences. Click here to access the website.



We are very sad to hear of the sudden death of our colleague and friend, Dave Rowley.

Dave will be recognised and known by many for his role in organising and chairing the Oxford Dysfluency Conference. He was always aware of the importance of making links between research and clinical practice, that research should inform practice and that practice should shape research. He was interested in how other disciplines could develop our field and was open to new perspectives and ideas, bringing a fresh dimension to the programme at ODC.

Dave had a generous spirit and he was supportive and encouraging to new researchers and clinicians while also valuing the experience of those who had been in the field for longer. His ego was small, he was more likely to allow and encourage someone else to take the limelight than to promote himself in any way, but he was assertive when he needed to be! Dave was completely unflappable, the most calm and easy-going person you could ever meet. His 'it’ll be fine' attitude was at times reassuring and at times unsettling, but it was rarely wrong! He was gentle, loyal and humorous.

We will miss you, Dave.



Please watch this space for details of future conferences.