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Smokey And The Bandit

December 12, 2010 by Post Team 

Smokey And The Bandit, When the film “The King’s Speech” in Atlanta early this month, many in the audience will understand first hand the difficulties faced by the soon-to-be King George VI as he struggles to conquer his stutter. At least one movie-goer to understand both himself and his eccentric therapist.

SLP Mackesey Tim, who lives and practices in Dunwoody, was a childhood stutterer who decided to develop speech therapies that actually work. As in the film, in which the court-approved therapies did not help the future king, cons-intuitive direct intervention works best.

“People think that drawing attention to the child’s stuttering, it would be worse. It is simply not true, “said Mackesey.

Stutterers are all around us. In fact, five million Americans stutter. Many hide their symptoms as being quiet and withdrawn. People who stutter are often openly teased and bullied.

Stutterers are better treated in early childhood. Those treated later, or you get no treatment at all have the added burden of developing potentially debilitating fears that complicate the situation.

Mackesey, who stuttered for 25 years, knows how people can be cruel.

“Look and Porky Pig (actor / singer) Mel Tillis,” he said. “In the movies, stuttering is the punch line. In” Smokey and the Bandit “and other films, the directors would be cut, edit and reshoot Tillis for stuttering in a scene. It’s fair game to stutter model. ”

Mackesey, who has a master’s degree in speech therapy, was the treatment of stuttering for 18 years. He is one of the only few speech therapists in the country with a full workload stutterers.

“I went to grad school for two reasons, he says,” to help me, and then help others. ”

A quarter of patients Mackesey are adults, the rest being of children and adolescents. Because children are more effectively treated before the age of 7, he developed a pre-school program he calls mastery fast. It boasts a 90 percent-plus success in the past 12 years he has been using it.

The key to rapid control is direct, immediate intervention by parents. Mackesey teaches parents to intervene when their children stutter and help them learn to self-correct their stuttering in any situation.

Mackesey says his approach dispels the myth of long standing medical drawing attention to stuttering only make things worse.

“After all, he says,” children themselves learn to walk and talk. Why not stop stuttering?

Mackesey compared stuttering to be stuck. “You can not get out unless you use direct action,” he said.

Even if public schools are required by law to provide treatment for people who stutter, direct action is more likely to come from parents and schools, as many stutterers simply pass through the splits.

Children learn a variety of ways to hide their affliction; one is to avoid the attention of any kind. Teachers, who often do not see bullying in the wings-are so happy to have students who stay out of trouble and maintain good grades, they often do not know these children have a problem.

“They learn early to hide their stuttering. I met children as young as three words that were already changing,” Mackesey said, “but solutions preschool” always makes things worse. ”

The good news is that, like in the movie, good therapy can work – at any age. Mackesey also dealt with lawyers, professors, salespeople, CEOs and other adults whose career depends on public speaking.

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