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Stutter and Stammer

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King George VI, his wife, and the future Queen Elizabeth II as a child. 
We are constantly reminded that Autism and other diagnoses of special needs are exploding, but there are some problems that we rarely see now that teachers used to see all the time just a generation ago.  One such problem is stuttering.  My grandfather stuttered, King George VI stuttered, Moses stuttered, chances are you have elderly family members or memories of family members who stuttered.  One of the most common co-morbidities with stuttering was left-handedness.  Before 1960, it was common to force left-handed children to write, cut, bat, and do any number of tasks right-handed.  Often this trauma contributed to verbal stammer.

Last night I watched "The King's Speech" with my husband via Netflix.  It was a wonderful movie that I highly recommend.

Speech is a musical skill among others.  It is well-documented that stammering cannot happen during song.  Jim Nabors was famous for his stammer and for his flawless singing voice.

For more information in this matter, I direct you to the previous post; "Music, the Brain, and Science" and to the RadioLab episode featuring Diana Deutsch titled "Musical Language." 

Comments

Julia Garriott said…
Moses too, wow! I stammer and I didn't know it was rare now. That's informational to me, if it's true. So, stamming, I don't know how I fit in, being nearly 21 and left-handed.My voice is weird so, I've learned some skills. I was a very little small-talk singer and actress in k-12. I'm learning to sign ASL(left-handed).I'm a good typer and read fast when,I'm not being dyslexic.
_Your blog makes me say hummm._

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