Ask the doctor: Stuttering and a king's speech

Published: March, 2011

Q. Is The King's Speech, the movie chronicling the relationship between England's King George VI and his speech therapist, an accurate portrayal of stuttering?

A. Not only do those who created The King's Speech seem to have done their homework, but David Seidler, who wrote the script, has firsthand knowledge of the problem. In interviews, he has described himself as a "profound stutterer." Born in England, he moved with his family to the United States at the start of World War II to escape the bombs. At that point, his stuttering began.

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