Sunday, March 6, 2011

The King's Speech

Have you seen this movie? If not, you should. Although it is set in very wealthy royal family of England, it does SHOW the struggle one man had with a debilitating disability. Stammering was viewed as a sign of ignorance or stupidity. It came out that this man had been through trama at a young age. A left handed child re trained to be right handed, wore painful braces to straighten his legs and there were other issues as well.

It was enlightening to see early speech therapy tools. Used by a man who was not a doctor, but had been through the experience helping people who were "shell shocked" and not responding to traditional medicines or treatment. To show that the early sciences in this area and even how the Church tried to horn in on something they knew nothing about (I have found you an expert). The Economist ran an article about stuttering and mentioned that it may run in families. "To investigate further, Dr Drayna is now attempting to splice human stutter-causing genes into the DNA of mice. That, of course, raises the question of what a stuttering mouse sounds like. To the human ear, it may not sound like anything." Which to me sounds kind of weird but it can't be any worse than singing a sentance or trying to get through an experience with assistance and without cigarettes.

I know I am pretty unconventional but I think that everyone should see this movie. Parents with kids with disabilities who know that experts are always knowing everything. I am certain that this movie is not only paramount in our little corner of the world it shows that ANYONE can over come anything and still be able to function in a real and appropriate manner. Although my son doesn't stammer, he does have some "language issues" some picked up from his unconventional mother and others heard at school. I am working on keeping my language issues in check and still trying harder to keep my son in school and working to be able to manage in a 9-5 society. Lionel Logue was not a traditional speech therapist choice. Neither is what we have to do with our kids. Back in the day Aspies were not in special ed, nor were they put in special classrooms. They were dealt with and then either moved up or back in the educational system.

The King suffered nerves, and many other issues dealing with public speaking. Colin Firth's representation of a grown man's struggle with his own pride and what he neeeded to do is a direct effect on what our kids can do. Any one of the kids can do anything they set their minds to. Maybe we as parents need to believe they can do it as well. Queen Elizabeth certainly believed her husband could do it.... why can't you? I am working on believing the boy can do it.
He has to...he has no one else after my husband and I are gone.

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