‘The King’s Speech’: A Stutterer’s Reflection

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About Adam Polaski

Adam Polaski is a rising senior journalism major at Ithaca College, where he enjoys writing, reading, and procrastinating entrance into the big, bad, post-academia world. He also writes for The Bilerico Project and The New Gay. Email him at apolaski7[at]gmail[dot]com.


  1. great article!

  2. Tom Matlack says:

    Adam great work. Love this piece and am motivated to go see the movie ASAP to learn more about what you have gone through. You are right, a stutter isn’t capable of keeping a good man down.

  3. Chris Larsen says:

    Few people know that Vice President Biden had a horrible stuttering problem as a child. When people complain that heis is too fond of his own voice, I think, “go ahead Joe. You earned the right to enjoy talking.”

    As someone who was once told I might never talk again, and still has great difficulty enunciating I have great respect for those that overcome or meet this challenge head on.


  4. Chris Larsen says:

    Also, Moses had a speech impediment. What more can be said?

  5. Well done, Adam. Your written eloquence will help inform so many.

  6. Your article about The King’s Speech is perfect. I am a speech/language pathologist who had quite a lot of experience in my earlier years working with stutterers. I first learned Van Riper’s MIDVAS technique when I was a student at the University of Michigan and it was surprising to me how intuitively correct Lionel Logue was about stuttering and what to do about it. He used masking, “easy onset”, controlled prolongations, etc. I have been searching on the web, trying to figure out how they found the old techniques that he used. Do you know if they had professionals helping? Or were the records that well kept describing what Lionel did with George VI?


  7. Suzanne, I’m actually not sure if the film team had professionals helping out, although with the accuracy of stuttering’s portrayal in the movie, I can’t imagine that they didn’t. In terms of research, I take it that King George IV’s stutter was at least fairly well documented…this link from the Stuttering Foundation (http://www.stutteringhelp.org/default.aspx?tabindex=822&tabid=835) talks about some of this documentation – biographies, and other written histories do seem to exist. Hope that helps a little!

  8. Great article. I too have lived with a stutter my whole life, but foolishly tried to cover it up for a long time, which did not work. I saw this movie a couple of days ago, alone, because I knew it would resonate strongly and I would become emotional mush. I am much better at weepy mushiness when alone.

    You are a great writer. Many of us who stutter write really well – for me it was the way I thought I could comunicate best. I just wrote my own reflection on the movie, which will run on my blog tomorrow.

    Keep on keeping on – no excuses. Dont let stuttering define you!

  9. Allie Lemco says:

    Adam, this piece was fantastic. Thanks for sharing your story in a humorous and charming way.

  10. Loved the movie and I loved your post!

  11. I randomly came across this article since I just saw this movie last night. It was such an incredible film! Ironically, I’m a speech pathology major at IC!


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