The King’s Speech

(This post originally appeared on the Living Successfully With Aphasia blog)

You must see this film.


Years ago, I met Jung on lower Broadway in NYC. Not actually, of course. What I mean is that the concept of syncronicity rose up and hit me in the face that day. Details are not very important. What is important is that I had to acknowledge that things sometimes conspire to connect you to a larger truth, for which you may not even be aware you are searching.

Having seen The King’s Speech this week, I am struck by the relational and reflective aspect of the practice of speech therapy – the very thing we are now exploring in a deeper and more meaningful way. The character of Lionel Logue, played adeptly by Geoffrey Rush, succeeds with The King only because he establishes the relationship that forms a bond of trust and respect between them. And so it is in our therapy as well.

I am so happy to find a film like this that supports my own personal journey, and confirms what I know to be true.

Shirley Morganstein and Marilyn Certner Smith co-founded Speaking of Aphasia, a Life Participation practice in Montclair, NJ where people with aphasia instruct her daily in their journey. Recently, Shirley began a blog focused more on her personal thoughts about the people she has met and her own process as a therapist.