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.