Weatherizing a home to reduce energy usage and maximize savings is something homeowners think about in cold weather. The fact is, energy efficiency is just as important during summer months,...More >>
Weatherizing a home to reduce energy usage and maximize savings is something homeowners think about in cold weather. The fact is, energy efficiency is just as important during summer months, and...More >>
Decorated with numerous prestigious awards, including a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards and 12 Oscar nominations, "The King's Speech" is based on the true story of Britain's King George IV, whose sudden ascent to the throne forced him to conquer his debilitating speech impediment with the help of an unorthodox speech therapist.
Sheryl Gottwald, clinical assistant professor and a board-recognized fluency specialist with three decades of clinical experience, lauds Colin Firth's portrayal of King George for his realistic portrayal of the complex nature of stuttering.
"The emotional turmoil that dealing with stuttering causes was represented just beautifully," she says, as was the support offered by the King's family and friends. "You can't overcome stuttering all by yourself."
She adds that the speech therapy provided by the eccentric Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, is similar to modern treatment of stuttering. "Although this was many years ago, the basic principles of the treatment are the same we use today," she says. "Encouragement, building his sense of self and sense of self-esteem was such a big piece of King George's treatment, and it's still a big piece of what we do today."
According to Gottwald, stuttering affects people across cultures, languages and socioeconomic status. The prevalence of stuttering has not changed since the World War II era of the film: it affects less than one percent of the adult population and about three to five percent of preschool children. Gottwald and a colleague developed an intervention method for preschoolers who stutter and their families that currently is used throughout the world.
Gottwald notes that the popularity of the film is enlightening a wide audience to the realities of stuttering. "I hope people start to understand that stuttering doesn't have to interfere with communication; you can be successful and still stutter," she says. "This film, and the buzz it's getting, is showing people another side of what stuttering might be – that it's just a small piece of who you are."
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There's a problem with the paint that was used when the Twin Bridges were repainted in 2007 and now the bridges will have to be painted again.Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials tell 14 News theMore >>
The bottom line, KTC officials say, is that the Twin Bridges will have to be painted again at some point in the future, much sooner than expected.More >>
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials...More >>
Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million - the highest Powerball jackpot in history.More >>
A senior White House adviser insists President Barack Obama learned the Internal Revenue Service had been targeting tea party groups "when it came out in the news."More >>
A top White House adviser insisted Sunday that President Barack Obama learned the Internal Revenue Service had targeted tea party groups only "when it came out in the news" while Republicans continued to press the...More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:27:30 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – One person has died after a traffic crash on Interstate 64. The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes just east of the Watterson Expressway (I-264) interchange. TheMore >>
The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 just east of the Watterson Expressway (I-264) interchange.More >>
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DES MOINES, IOWA (KCCI/CNN) - A reunion between a special dog and a special man happened in Iowa Friday. Sgt. Ross Gundlach, a U.S. Marine, has a surprise reunion with Casey, a yellow Labrador that helpedMore >>
A reunion between a special dog and a special man happened in Iowa Friday.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:54 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:54:39 GMT
Evansville police made a large drug bust Fir day night. It happened at a home in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue near Garvin Street. Police say officers were in the area and could smell a strong odorMore >>
Officers got a search warrant, and once inside the home, found what they call a substantial amount of marijuana.More >>
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