I had an opportunity to watch The King's Speech a few nights ago, what an amazing movie! What was even more gratifying for me was I had chosen to review chapter 7 of the book "Mind over Muscle". One of the forms of motor function mentioned in the chapter is oromotor (speaking). The theme of The King's Speech is one man's attempt to overcome his speech impedement and all of the emotional undercurrents of that disability.
A large part of the movie is the relationship between Bertie (the man to be King) and his speech therapist. Bertie reveals layers of emotional baggage tied to his speech impedement and the speech therapist listens and eventually acts as a mentor, friend and therapist.
What is our role supporting kids? Is it to be a diagnostician, interventionist, mentor...?