Sylvia Whiteside was born and raised in Southern Ontario. English is her first language and she speaks it with the neutral accent that is commonly heard in Toronto and Southern Ontario as well as on national radio and television. People searching for English Accent Training or American Accent Training are encouraged to contact Sylvia as well to discuss their needs.
Speech and Language Therapy Credentials and Memberships
Sylvia received her Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Speech and Language Pathology from Western University in London, Ontario in 1985 and 1989, respectively. She is a registered member of CASLPO (College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario), assuring you of Sylvia’s clinical competence. Sylvia is also a member of SAC (Speech-Language and Audiology Canada) and CORSPAN (Corporate Speech Pathology Network).
Speech and Language Therapy Skills and Experience
As a Speech Language Pathologist, Sylvia is uniquely qualified to work in the area of Accent Training. Sylvia’s education in Speech and Language Therapy included courses in phonetics, articulation, grammar, voice, language, rehabilitation and pragmatics (social communication skills) as well as specific training in assessment and treatment. She has spent 1000’s of hours analyzing her clients’ speech and working through goals set to improve their communication skills. Sylvia’s training as a Speech Language Pathologist mean that she is able to identify, assess and treat a wide range of speech and language issues and/or make appropriate referrals to other qualified professionals, if necessary.
Prior to working in the area of Accent Training, Sylvia provided speech and language therapy to children and adults in Toronto and surrounding areas. She assessed and provided speech and language therapy to individuals with a variety of communication issues including autism, acquired brain injury, voice, fluency and speech disorders/delays for 20 years.
Accent Training Experience
Lifelong pride in the cultural diversity of Canada has lead Sylvia to focus solely on Accent Training in her work since 2005. She is aware that accents can be a sensitive topic for people adjusting to life in Canada or in any community where English is the primary language. Sylvia strives to make everyone feel comfortable from initial contact with clients and throughout training.
Sylvia has worked with a wide variety of individuals including: Senior Economists, Marketing Managers, Estimators, Small Business Owners, Engineers, I.T. Consultants, Financial Accountants, Real Estate Agents, professors, students, performers and members of the clergy.
Past and Present Clients have come from: Scotiabank, TD Bank, Hatch Engineering, Ellis Don, University of Toronto (Rotman School of Management, English Department), SAP Software Solutions and Shaw Cable.