A Matter of Speech

Doug Cross, associate professor of speech-language pathology and audiology, was interviewed February 26 by WHCU Morning Newswatch about The King’s Speech, which won an Oscar the following day for best film. While critics of the film have claimed that many of the historical facts are incorrect — for example, that Lionel Logue would call the king of 
England “Bertie” and that Churchill opposed Edward’s abdication — Cross confirmed that the speech therapy techniques were quite 
historically correct. “As depicted in the film, stuttering has been treated by using every technique you can imagine, from putting stones 
in the mouth to singing speech to physical relaxation,” Cross said. “In that sense, the movie accurately portrayed the myriad of techniques available at the time, especially for an untrained speech pathologist such as Logue.”