The King’s Speech

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

You must see this film.

Period.

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.

Comments

  1. Beautifully and succinctly put, from a fellow traveler on the journey. Tears from the first scene onward, and put the DVD on preorder at Amazon as soon as I got home. If you’re interested, I just posted my reaction (and story): http://www.voicesofthepast.org/2011/02/23/you-dont-have-to-be-a-king-to-find-your-voice-my-story/

  2. Jeff: Thank you so much for your comments and your blogpost. What you have to say is so very important.