Raising Awareness of Stuttering

Patty Walton observes a graduate student during a speech therapy session with a patient at UNC’s Speech and Audiology clinic. Inset: Walton poses for a portrait in front of a poster of the King’s Speech in her office.

The acclaimed film The King’s Speech, and most recently, TV appearances by an American Idol contestant have brought welcome public attention to stuttering, says UNC faculty expert Patty Walton about the speech disorder that “affects a person’s entire life” in the one out of every 100 people who experiences it.

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