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Review of "the King's Speech"

Kings speech Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter

I had the pleasure of attending the screening of "The King's Speech" last night at the Toronto Film Festival and enjoyed every minute of it.

The movie is about the unlikely friendship that forms between shy, stuttering King George VI (played by Colin Firth) and Lionel Logue (played by Geoffry Rush), his speech therapist. The latter helping the former find his voice. Even King George VI shared our familiar self-doubt: "How can I be king and lead my people with a stammer?"

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Pagoclone Study not Promising

After many years of testing, the drug Pagoclone, believed to reduce stuttering in some people, is still not available for general use, and might never be. As reported by Tom Weidig on his blog, Endo Pharmaceuticals is closing the initial phase of testing according to their website, with no plans to put it on the market any time soon. They are starting a new phase of testing next year. As it stands, things do not look promising for development of a stuttering-reduction drug.

Gerald A. Maguire, MD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, the Kirkup Chair in Stuttering, admitted during a talk at the National Stuttering Association conference in Cleveland, that the current testing phase was over.

More information on this subject will be posted on this site in the future.

Beware of dubious claims made on website

Kill Stutter A dubious website!

This article is a warning to people who stutter, and an appeal to everybody to help stop a website that makes impossible claims regarding curing stuttering, and has attracted international attention. The owner of the website in question, Arjun Lal, is Canadian and lives in Unionville, Ontario.The website claims to sell a taperecording that will stop stuttering in under 10 minutes.

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My Experience at the NSA Conference

rebecca Rebecca Tasker

This July, Daniele, Carolina and I attended the NSA conference in Cleveland. We ended up taking a greyhound bus all the way and even though some parts sucked we saved some money and got to know each other a lot better. Carolina had been to NSA conferences in the past and Dan and I were the "First Timers". Not knowing what to expect i was extremely nervous and didn't really understand why, but once we arrived and everyone was meeting each other I felt alot better!

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Coping responses by adults who stutter, Part 2

This article is a summary and review, of the following article:
Article: Coping responses by adults who stutter: Part 2. Approaching the problem and achieving agency
From the Journal of Fluency Disorders, Vol. 34, 2009, 87-107
Authors: Laura W. Plexico, Walter H. Manning, Heidi Levitt

The primary purpose of this study was to understand the range of speakers’ coping responses to the stress of stuttering. Also pertinent was the impact that these various responses have on one’s daily life.

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