Operating primarily a pediatric practice, she treats about 75 children and about 10 adults. But in recent weeks five more adults who suffer not only from stuttering but a variety of speech impediments have set up appointments and mentioned the movie as part of their motivation.
Chmela, the Chicago specialist, said that before the film premiered she treated about 25 clients. Today, she treats about 50.
Clients have told Chmela that watching the king's familiar frustrations and embarrassments play out on the big screen was uncomfortable, but that familiarity was what ultimately brought many through her office doors, she said. "Those feelings of anxiety are the same and the feeling of overcoming that anxiety is also the same."