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Oscar or not, The King’s Speech teaches about stuttering

February 27, 2011

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Baby Cots
February 8, 2012

King Speech is really great movie. I’ve watch it twice in cinema. Awesome film and it’s wonderful to hear everyone like the movie.

Ed Lange
January 22, 2012

The Kings Speech is a wonderful movie about a common problem which should have most people much more sympathetic towards stutterers.

Marc Azada
October 31, 2011

The King’s Speech? wow! I have not seen this movie yet, but anyway i have heard a lot of good feedback from my friends that are into political talks and somehow they seem to enjoy this movie. I think iik am going to see this and get back here to tell you what i think about it.

October 25, 2011

A really cool movie for education. It was exciting to see the King’s Speech receive so many awards at the Oscars. It was a touching story of how cripling a stutter can be while providing hope and inspiration to those that suffer with this and other dibilitating problems.
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October 22, 2011

Fantastic movie. It was nice to see a film like this and how an important individual struggle and took control of his problem. Thank you for the sensible critique. I truly appreciate this post and have been looking all over for this! You have made my day! Thx again.

Yoli Oliver
September 8, 2011

I loved that movie .
We have so much to learn about improving and getting over are fears.
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Jena Casbon
September 3, 2011

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I was worried that The King’s Speech would portray our ability to “cure” stuttering. Dysfluent speech is very difficult if not impossible to cure- rather we teach a variety of methods and techniques to improve fluency.

I’m glad that the final scene in the movie showed King George’s use of the taught methods to improve his speech.

Great film!
Jena H. Casbon, MS CCC-SLP
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September 3, 2011

Really enjoyed the film. It’s great to see what can be achieved through voice coaching. Many people believe they can’t even sing but given direction, find they can! And they love it!

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August 17, 2011

Well, The King Speech is really my choice to be the best picture because the movie is really good and it has a great impact to all audiences.
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August 9, 2011

I loved King’s Speech.
I think movies with good messages, like King’s Speech, are the best. They sometimes even give good prespectives like this one, it let you see how the life of a strutter is (even tough he is king, well you guys get the idea).
I am making a website about movies, I’m reviewing my favorite movies and posting the reviews to it.
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August 5, 2011

I also like this movie. This movie is not only about doctor/patient relationship film. The King’s speech is about how to deal with a problem. I think Lionel Logue character in this movie was brilliant.

Get Rid of Shyness
August 2, 2011

Loved “The Kings Speech”. That movies deserved the awards. Growing up, I had a stuttering growing up. I had a friend with the same problem. Groups of kids would make fun of us, but it made it easier to handle by having a friend with the same problem. It was nice to see a film like this and how an important individual struggle and took control of his problem. The movie was so well done. This will be one of those movies that I will go back and watch over and over again. The actors were perfect.

Managed Risk Investing Guy
July 29, 2011

Fantastic movie that brings attention to a widespread problem.

Gatorade Rules
July 28, 2011

I precisely desired to thank you very much once more. I do not know what I would have tried in the absence of the type of tips and hints shared by you relating to that situation. It had become a very alarming setting in my opinion, however , coming across your specialised avenue you managed that took me to leap for delight. I am just happier for the service as well as hope you realize what a great job you were undertaking educating most people by way of your web blog. I know that you’ve never met any of us.

June 30, 2011

What is really moving about this movie is how a King with a stammer is able to find the courage to fight for his country again against a dictator with a brilliant gift for speeches. Here you have a good man who struggles to put two words together vs a dictator with an hypnotic gift for speeches.

And in the end, he prevailed. The country prevailed and so did this movie.

As a former stutterer, I can related to those awful moments when he had to give a speech and everyone just stares at you. Remember that early scene at the beginning of the movie? Nothing can describe the horrible feeling of not able to say something that a 4 year old child can say without a problem.

To answer Joel’s question, no I don’t think that there is a correlation between stuttering and autism. There is little research that shows any connection whatsoever.

Autism: Warning signs – (

However… I developed social phobia, which is a bad problem in itself. Fortunately I’ve been able to learn to overcome it somewhat. People with autism do have difficulty relating/connecting to others so we do have in common one thing: isolation.

Here is some information about social phobia that I’ve found:

Social phobia – (

The difference is that stutterers have a social interest but are fearful of ridicule. People with autism, on the other hand, have little social interest (at least not like must of us do).

April 12, 2011

The King’s Speech is a great Movie
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Joel Manzer
March 10, 2011

You mentioned that the King’s Speech did for stuttering what Rain Man did for Autism.

Reading this and a question popped into my mind here:

Do you think there could be a possible correlation between autism and stuttering?

Of course you may not have thought of this question, but just curious what your thoughts may be on the subject.

Looking forward to your response.

Joel Manzer, Lead Editor

Maggie Brown
March 1, 2011

It was exciting to see the King’s Speech receive so many awards at the Oscars. It was a touching story of how cripling a stutter can be while providing hope and inspiration to those that suffer with this and other dibilitating problems.

Judy Kuster
February 28, 2011

The best major resources on the Internet for information and support for stuttering are:

Stuttering Foundation (,

National Stuttering Association (,

FRIENDS: The National Association of Children Who Stutter (,

British Stammering Association (, and

The Stuttering Home Page (

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