Dr. Joseph G. Agius

Dr. Joseph G. Agius

Dr. Joseph G. Agius
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Dr. JOSEPH G. AGIUS, M.Sc. (Dublin), Ed.D. (Sheffield), is a Registered European Fluency Specialist and Speech Language Pathologist with special interest in fluency disorders and humour research. He holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Speech and Language Studies from Trinity College, University of Dublin and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Sheffield. As partner expert nominated by the University of Malta, Dr. Agius collaborates with experts from thirteen European Universities on the development and delivery of the ‘European Clinical Specialization Course in Fluency Disorders’ (ECSF). He has an extensive background in training, lecturing, evaluation, and programme management. Dr. Agius has experience working with diverse populations around Europe helping to develop skills in communication, leadership and public speaking, and conflict management. He is Advanced Practitioner at the Speech Language Department, Ministry of Health, Government of Malta. Dr. Agius is Editorial Consultant for the Journal of Fluency Disorders and reviewer for the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. Visiting senior lecturer at the University of Malta he lectures on ‘Fluency Disorders’, ‘Language and Psychiatry’, ‘Public Speaking’ and ‘Legal and Ethical Issues’. He is a member on the Fluency Committee of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP), Chair of the Professional Liaisons Committee of the International Fluency Association (IFA) and Steering Committee Member of ECSF. He is author of the iOS application ‘Fluency SIS’ – Smart Intervention Strategy for school age children who stutter and is advising expert of the European Thematic Network POSCON- Positive Online Content and Services to Children in Europe. Dr. Agius has been a state-appointed family mediator since the very inception of the Family Court in 2003 and Civil and Commercial Mediator in 2008.
Selected Publications
Vella, S., AGIUS, J., & St. Louis, K.O. (2016) Employees’ Attitudes toward Stuttering in Malta. In: Proceedings of the 8th World Congress on Fluency Disorders: Lisbon, Portugal, 6-8 July, 2015.
AGIUS, J. (2015) Fluency FIS: Smart Intervention Strategy. Procedia- Social and Behavioural Sciences. 193, 7-12.
Leahy, M.M., AGIUS, J., De Nil, L., Eggers, K., & Hylebos, C. (2014) The European Clinical Specialization on Fluency Disorders: Participants review of the first four years. Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders. 24, 26-32.
AGIUS, J. (2012) The ‘Smart Intervention Strategy’ for School Age Children who Stutter. Themanummer Logopedie: Special Issue Speech Fluency, (4) July-August, 2012.
AGIUS, J. (2011) Working with Children who Stutter: Dealing with Attitudes (Ours and Theirs!). In: M. Gačnik and M. Stirle (Eds.), Conference Proceedings and posters’ and workshops’ abstracts: 3rd Congress of Slovenian Logopedists with international participation: Portorož, Slovenja, November 10-12 (p. 224). Društvo Logopedov Slovenije, Maribor.
AGIUS, J. (2011) Early Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Where do we fit in this puzzle? In: M. Gačnik and M. Stirle (Eds.), Conference Proceedings and posters’ and workshops’ abstracts: 3rd Congress of Slovenian Logopedists with international participation: Portorož, Slovenja, November 10-12 (pp. 25-27). Društvo Logopedov Slovenije, Maribor.
AGIUS, J. (2009) School-Age Children who Stutter: Attitude changes following a Thinking Skills Programme. Journal of Stuttering Therapy, Advocacy and Research.
AGIUS, J. (1995) Language Analysis of a bilingual Maltese-English stuttering child. In: H.W. Peters, (Eds.), Stuttering: Proceedings of the First World Congress on Fluency Disorders: Munich, Germany, August 8-11 (pp. 175- 178). The Netherlands: University Press Nijmegen.

iOS Application
AGIUS, J. (2013) Application: Fluency: Smart Intervention Strategy. Category: Education, Language: English, Developer: Vioside, Requirements: Compatible with iPad. National Award Best Content for Kids – 2013. Advising Expert of the European Thematic Network POSCON- Positive Online Content and Services to Children in Europe.
Invited Speaker
AGIUS, J. (2018 expected) Keynote Speaker: La Vita è Bella and Stuttering: Would Dottor. Benigni be amused?’ Third International Conference on Stuttering, Rome, Italy.
AGIUS, J. (2017 expected) Keynote Speaker: Clinical Application of Creativity and Humour in Stuttering Intervention. Panhellenic Association of Logopedists Conference. Athens, Greece.
AGIUS, J. (2016) Keynote Speaker: Clinical Application of Creativity and Humour in Stuttering Intervention. 14th Logopedics Conference, Brno, Czech Republic.
AGIUS, J. (2015) Keynote Speaker: Stuttering: For better or for worse- use creativity, choose ‘better’! 2nd International Conference on Stuttering, Rome, Italy.
AGIUS, J. (2015) Guest Lecturer: ‘Clinical Application of Creativity and Humour in Stuttering Intervention and Integration in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy’. CIOOS (Centre for Information, Education and Research in Stuttering) and University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.
AGIUS, J. (2014) Keynote Speaker: ‘Clinical Application of Creativity and Humour in Stuttering Intervention’. Senate, Palais du Luxembourg organized by L’Association Parole Bégaiement, Paris, France.
AGIUS, J. (2014) Guest Speaker: ‘Prescrire l‘humour en thérapie du bégaiement … sans blague! 6ème Colloque Interational organized by L’Association Parole Bégaiement sur le theme ‘Le bégaiement et l’intime’, Paris, France.
AGIUS, J. (2013) Main Speaker: ‘Public Speaking: Connecting People’. Bank of Valletta, Malta.
AGIUS, J. (2013) Main Speaker: ‘Public Speaking: Face People not Face Book’. AIESEC, University of Malta, Malta.
AGIUS, J. (2012) Main Speaker: ‘Making the Right Impression’. UNHCR, Valletta, Malta.
AGIUS, J. (2012) Speaker: ‘Prescribing Humour in the Workplace’. The Fourth CHI International Conference on Health and Safety: Mind and Body, Malta.
AGIUS, J. (2012) Main Speaker: ‘Re-Thinking Stuttering Intervention: The Smart Intervention Strategy’. VI Portuguese Stuttering Association Conference about Stuttering, Coimbra, Portugal.
AGIUS, J. (2012) Guest Speaker: ‘Clinical Application of Creativity and Humour in Stuttering Intervention’. Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, South East and London Fluency Special Interest Group, Study Day, London, UK.

AGIUS, J. (2011) Keynote Speaker: ‘Working with Children who Stutter: Dealing with Attitudes (Ours and Theirs!)’ 3rd Congress of Slovenian Speech Language Therapists, Portorož, Slovenja.
International Presentations
AGIUS, J. (2015) The Case of Stuttering Vs Illusions of Perception. Seminar presented at the 8th World Congress on Fluency Disorders. Lisbon, Portugal.
AGIUS, J. (2014) Fluency SIS- The App is Better than the Movie! Seminar presented at the 10th Oxford Dysfluency Conference, Oxford, U.K.
AGIUS, J. (2013) Re-shaping Stuttering Modification Therapy: Would Dr. Van Riper be Amused? Paper presented at the 29th World Congress of the IALP (International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics), Torino, Italy.
Bosshardt, H.G., Packman, A., Kretschmann, J., AGIUS, J., Amount-Boucand, V., Bakhtiar, M., Cocco, L., Damgaard, B., Dammsbo, B., de Lajudie, M.C., Fibiger, S., Fourlas, G., Mennecier, C., Millard, S., Schade, V. (2013) Measuring Stuttering in Preschool-Age Children Across Different Languages: An International On-Line Study. Seminar presented at the 29th World Congress of the IALP, Torino, Italy.
AGIUS, J. (2012) Shifting Perceptions: Dealing with Emotions and Attitudes of People who Stutter. Paper presented at the 7th World Congress on Fluency Disorders. Tours, France.
Leahy, M.M., AGIUS, J., De Nil, L., Eggers, K. & Hylebos, C. (2012) The European Clinical Specialization on Fluency Disorders: Review of the First Four Years. Paper presented at the 7th World Congress on Fluency Disorders. Tours, France.
AGIUS, J. (2012) ‘Stuttering Therapy: Using the ‘Ridiculum!’ Curse’’. Keynote Speech presented at the 3rd European Symposium on Fluency Disorders, Antwerp, Belgium.
AGIUS, J. (2011) Early Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Where do we fit in this puzzle? Keynote Speech presented at the 3rd Congress of Slovenian Speech Language Therapists. Portorož, Slovenja.
AGIUS, J. (2011) Creativity and Humour: Clinical Applications in Stuttering Intervention. Workshop presented at the 9th Oxford Dysfluency Conference, Oxford, U.K.
AGIUS, J. (2010) ‘Wit or Without: Facilitating a Positive Attitude towards Communication using Humour in Stuttering Therapy. Paper presented at the 2nd European Symposium on Fluency Disorders, Antwerp, Belgium.
AGIUS, J. (2009) Thinking Skills: Targeting this-ability in school-age children who stutter. Paper presented at the 1st International Conference on Strategic Innovation and Future Creation, Malta
AGIUS, J. (2008) With a little help from the ‘young consultants’: The ‘Smart Intervention Strategy’ for school-age children who stutter. Workshop presented at the 8th Oxford Dysfluency Conference, Oxford, U.K.
AGIUS, J. (2008) The Smart Intervention Strategy (SIS) for School-Aged Children who Stutter. Paper presented at the 1st European Symposium on Fluency Disorders, Antwerp, Belgium.

AGIUS, J. (2007). School-age Children who Stutter: Coping with Attitudes and Emotions- Made Simple! Workshop presented at the 8th World Congress for People who Stutter, Croatia.
AGIUS, J. (2002) Stuttering: Coping with Attitudes and Emotions – made simple! Workshop presented at the Socrates Intensive Programme – Speech and Language Therapy: Towards an International Dimension in Assessment and Therapy, Dublin, Ireland.
AGIUS, J. & Micallef, R. (2000) The Early Bird Programme in Malta. Workshop presented at the First Malta International Conference on Autism, Malta.
Poster Presentations at Professional Conferences
AGIUS, J., Eggers, K., Kelman, E., Leahy, M., Pertijs, M. (September, 2017 expected) The
European Fluency Specialists Registration. Oxford Dysfluency Conference, UK.
AGIUS, J., Eggers, K., Kelman, E., Leahy, M., Pertijs, M. (2016) The European Fluency Specialists Registration. ASHA Convention, Philadelphia, USA.
Vella, S., AGIUS, J., & St. Louis, K.O. (2015) Employees’ Attitudes towards Stuttering in Malta. 8th World Congress on Fluency Disorders, Lisbon, Portugal.
Platt, T., AGIUS, J., & Ruch, W. (2012) Fear of Being Laughed at and Adults who Stutter. Poster presented at the LiMaDoKo(Lizentianden, Master und Doktoranden Kongress des Psychologischen Institutes der Universität Zürich) 2012, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
AGIUS, J. (1994, August). Poster session: Language Analysis of a bilingual Maltese-English stuttering child. 1st World Congress on Fluency Disorders, Munich, Germany.
Invited Expert
AGIUS, J. (1 – 22 October, 2013; 2014; 2015) Guest Expert: ‘ASK THE EXPERT’ section. ISAD (International Stuttering Association Day) Online Conference. Online.
External PhD Examining
2017 External Examiner for Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
PhD dissertation, Ms Mary O’ Dwyer
Title of Thesis: ‘A Theory of Narratives in Stuttering’ Theses
Doctorate in Education Thesis
School of Education, University of Sheffield, UK (2007)
Title of Thesis: ‘Un-cemented words’- School-age children who stutter: Feelings and attitudes following a thinking skills programme’
Master or Science Thesis
Trinity College, University of Dublin (1995)
Title of Thesis: Language Analysis of Bilingual Maltese-English Stuttering Children.

Work in Progress

Project of IALP Fluency Committee: Intervention for a School Aged Boy Who Stutters.
European Project- University of Malta, Thomas More University, Antwerp: Implementation and Evaluation of Uniform Dataset to Understand and Improve Treatment of Young Children who Stutter.
Platt, T., & AGIUS, J. (2010) The Ridicule and Teasing Scenarios Questionnaire for Stuttering (RTSq_stuttering). Unpublished instrument. Department of Psychology, Zurich University, Zurich: Switzerland.
AGIUS, J., Platt, T., & Ruch. W. (data collection) Gelotophobia and Stuttering: The fear of being laughed at among people who stutter.
Ruch, W., Platt, T., & AGIUS, J. (devising instrument) GELOPH <S> Questionnaire for Stuttering.
AGIUS, J., & Platt, T. (data collection) Ridicule and Teasing in school age children who stutter.

Practice Areas: Mediation
Qualification/s:

Master of Science degree in Clinical Speech and Language Studies from Trinity College, University of Dublin and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Sheffield

Language/s: English
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