Acclaimed movie highlights stuttering disorder

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The critically acclaimed film "The King's Speech" has brought to the forefront a condition that affects millions of Americans which is stuttering.

In the film, actor Colin Firth portrays King George the sixth of England, who worked to improve his speech impediment with the help of a therapist.

At Southern Miss, one professor named Scott Palasik, is an expert on the condition and helps both children and adults identify techniques to help them improve their speech.

Palasik also deals with occasional stuttering and advocates a holistic approach to treating the condition. He said in "The King's Speech," the therapist helps the King with more than speech alone.

Palasik said in reference to the King, "He learns to face himself finally head on. Fears, speech, himself, it's absolutely wonderful, it is."

Palasik encourages parents of children who stutter and adults with the condition to seek therapy and not hide from their challenge.

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