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Retired UW-River Falls speech professor Jerry Halvorson has taught, counseled and written for decades on the subject of stuttering. That was the theme for the Oscar-winning movie "The King's Speech." Halvorson, who now lives on a horse farm on the Trimbelle River in rural Pierce County, has a doctorate in speech therapy from the University of Minnesota. Photo by Phil Pfuehler

Guilt trips even afflict English kings

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Local stuttering expert Jerry Halvorson agrees that "The King's Speech" deserved best-picture Oscar for exposing a condition that brings humiliation and is stigmatized, misunderstood and mistreated.

Like the stammering King George VI in the movie, the problem begins early in life, usually before a child starts school. Repressed guilt and shame fan the speech impediments.

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