Nordic 2017 in Lillehammer: Be proud of your stuttering!

The first weekend in September is the Nordic seminar in Lillehammer. The main guest is one of the world's leading stuttering scientists, Barry Guitar. The theme of the seminar is «Be proud of your stuttering!».

NORDIC 2016: 60 participants from 12 countries in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Photo: Minna Koponen

Date: Friday 1 - Sunday 3 September

Location: Lillehammer hotel

In 1980, the Norwegian Association for Stuttering and Cluttering (NIFS) organized the first Nordic seminar at Leangkollen in Asker with 100 participants. The last time NIFS held Nordic was at Hamar in 2012. The first weekend we meet again, this time in Lillehammer as in 1997.

The main guest is one of the world's leading stutterings scientists, the American Barry Guitar, and the theme of the seminar is «Be proud of your stuttering!».

Barry Guitar is a professor at the University of Vermont and has stuttered forever. He came quite seriously and was advised to seek help from Charles Van Riper, a speech therapist who came to himself. In the treatment of Van Riper, he finally realized that someone understood the stuttering and his avoidance. He was met with a great deal of harmless stuttering because he simply had to go up to strangers and say «Hey, Joe! How are you doing?», As well as working a lot with voluntary stuttering. This reduced the strain quite a bit, but he had to go back to treatment a year later to work on speech techniques.

Guitar has written several textbooks about stuttering and is heavily represented in Norway's curriculum lists. In his books, he uses many of his own experiences as a person. In Lillehammer he will talk about how people who originate themselves can work to handle their stuttering – how to be proud of it.

On Sunday we will take a trip to Mjøsa with Skibladner, the world's oldest wheelbarrow in operation. On August 2nd, 1856, Skibladner was launched. Since then, the ship has always been operating the route between Eidsvoll and Lillehammer. The boat was built at Motala Verksted in Sweden in the period 1854-56, and later rebuilt by Akers Mechanical Workshop in 1888 and extended by 20 feet. A new steam engine and boiler was installed. This is the same machine which sailing today.



3:00-6:00 pm: Arrival and check-in at Lillehammer hotel.

7:00 pm: Shared dinner

8:00 pm: Social gathering


8:00-10:00 am: Breakfast

10:00 am-12:45 pm: Barry Guitar # 1

12:45-1:45 pm: Lunch

2:00-4:00 pm: Barry Guitar # 2

7:00 pm: Shared dinner


8:00-9:30 am: Breakfast

10:00-12:00 am: Skibladner (boat trip)

12:00-1:00: Return to Lillehammer hotel

1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00-3:00 pm: ends

Subject to minor changes.


For members of NIFS:

Registration is made on My page. Go to

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For foreign participants:

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For NIFS members:

NOK 1000. NIFS covers the entire event against each participant paying a registration fee = deductible. Be sure to cross to join a boat trip.

For foreign members:

Full deduction. Hotel: NOK 1495 per person per night for single room, NOK 1295 per person per night for double occupancy. Be sure to cross to join a boat trip.

Organizer covers the boat trip, no additional price for the participants.

IBAN number:


IBAN: NO1505390640716


For NIFS members:

No travel rebirth.

For foreign participants:

Paid the entire amount and seeks his association at home for a refund.

Registration deadline:

By Monday 7 August 2017.

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