What is a Speech Language Pathologist (Speech and Language Therapist)?
According to SAC (Speech-Language and Audiology Canada), "Speech Language Pathologists may work alone or as part of a team to help individuals of all ages to communicate effectively..." For more information about Speech Pathologists (Speech Therapists), please visit www.sac-oac.ca.
Why is it important to take a course from a registered Speech Language Pathologist?
Speech and Language Therapists have the training and clinical experience to work in the area of Accent Reduction. In Ontario, they are also regulated by CASLPO (College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists in Ontario). When you are searching for someone to provide you with Accent Training, look for their credentials and specific training in the assessment and treatment of speech issues.
According to CASLPO: “Using a regulated practitioner is your assurance of professional and ethical treatment.” Speech Language Pathologists are required to maintain high standards of care, assuring clients that they will receive effective, quality service. To learn more, please visit www.caslpo.com.
Will my insurance cover Accent Reduction?
Some group insurance plans cover the cost of Speech and Language Therapy up to a certain amount ($300 - $1000 is typical). Some companies will pay a percentage of each session. Check with your provider to see if you are covered. Look for: Speech and Language Therapy, Speech Language Pathologist or Speech and Language Therapist.
Will my employer pay for Accent Training?
Companies often see the benefits of improving their employees' communication skills. Consider requesting the use of Professional Development funds for Accent Training or refer your Employer to this website. Sylvia would be pleased to speak with your employer directly.
Are some accents easier to change?
Every accent can be changed to the point where the speaker becomes easy to understand. Regular, dedicated practice is the key. The most significant changes are seen in clients who practice the skills they learn to the point where they become automatic and make an effort to use new sounds/patterns in their daily speech as soon as possible. Past clients have said that employing a Speech Coach (colleague, family member etc.) to provide them with consistent feedback was critical to their success in the program.
Will my accent come back if I stop working on it?
The end goal of Accent Training is that sounds and patterns are learned to the point where they become automatic when speaking English. Some people choose to “code switch” and use their former accent in their home country if they speak English in their community.
How do you know it's an accent and not something requiring speech therapy?
Speech Pathologists are trained to identify issues that are more than just an accent and may require speech therapy or a referral to another professional. Accent Training is possible even if a hearing or other speech issue exists along with the accent – as long as it is properly addressed.
What if I would like to learn an American accent?
Potential clients who deal more with Americans in their work sometimes ask this question. American accents can vary but can also be virtually identical to the more neutral accent heard in and around Toronto and other provinces. There is some variation in Canadian accents as well. Anyone looking for English or American Accent Training is encouraged to Contact Sylvia for further information.