Accent Modification Programs

Speaking with an accent is not a speech or language disorder. In fact, many people take great pride in their accent, as it reflects the region or country from which they come. However, sometimes an accent can cause communication difficulties, causing the person with the accent to avoid social interactions with those who have trouble understanding and to become frustrated from having to repeat themselves constantly. These communication problems can have a negative impact on self-esteem or job performance.

With a lot of practice and the help of a qualified speech-language pathologist (SLP), accents can be modified or reduced. The SLP will evaluate the pronunciation of vowels and consonants along with the stress, rhythm and intonation of speech. A training program will be recommended as part of treatment.


At Sound SHC, we take an individualized approach, creating a customized plan for each client we work with. We set goals for increased clarity, along with personal/work communication goals.


Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!