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Neurodiversity Through Film – The King’s Speech

This film shows that common fears can impact a person’s life. The main character is the son of King George V, otherwise known as Bertie, a prince and father who unfortunately suffers from a strong stammer that prevents him from speaking in public.

During the film, Bertie’s position as royalty means that he has many responsibilities that everyone expects him to fulfill, including public speaking. He undergoes numerous treatments, but none are successful and only serve to increase his frustration with the whole ordeal. This grief stays the same until Bertie is introduced to Lionel Louge, a therapist who specializes in speech differences and possesses unorthodox methods toward dealing with them. Several years go by and in that time, the two have their highs and lows. Bertie resists but eventually comes around and delivers his famous speech.

This film deals with one of the most common fears in the world and how it can greatly affect someone’s life. It also shows the pressures from people and society to overcome this fear, and how one can do so. The movie also shows how someone can provide genuine help without making it look forceful, neurotypical, and ineffective. In other words, it shows how to adapt to neurodivergent differences and create solutions that have greater potential to work.

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