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Kings Speech 300

The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, has brought worldwide focus on stuttering.

U of M expert available to comment on stuttering and "The King's Speech"

January 7, 2011

The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, has brought worldwide focus on stuttering. What is stuttering and what are the causes? A University of Minnesota expert who can help lift the veil on this communication disorder is:

Linda Hinderscheit, clinical specialist, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, College of Liberal Arts

An expert in communication disorders, Hinderscheit says The King’s Speech is one of the few movies that largely portrays stuttering and people who stutter accurately. “Historically, the media has generally not been kind when portraying stuttering.”

Hinderscheit says stuttering can be treated, most successfully in the preschool years. Once a person who stutters reaches later childhood, stuttering is very unlikely to go away completely.

“But stuttering can be managed, and it’s never too late to seek help,” Hinderscheit says. “The best treatment addresses both the speech characteristics themselves as well as the social-emotional ramifications of stuttering.”

Hinderscheit’s specialties include developmental disabilities and communication disorders; stuttering and cluttering; and literacy and language impairments. She is co-leader of the Twin Cities chapter of the National Stuttering Association (NSA), a self-help and advocacy group for people who stutter. The chapter will view The King’s Speech at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the AMC Rosedale. For more information about NSA, visit www.nsastutter.org.

To interview Hinderscheit, contact Jeff Falk at (612) 626-1720 or jfalk@umn.edu; or Tessa Eagan at (612) 625-3781 or teagan@umn.edu.

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