Frequently Asked Questions

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…”

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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, Speech Language Pathologists are regulated by CASLPO (College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists in Ontario) and are required to maintain a high standard of care, assuring clients that they will receive effective, quality service.

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.”

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Will my insurance cover Accent Reduction?

Some group insurance plans cover the cost of Speech and Language Therapy up to a certain amount. Please check with your provider.

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.

Languages that have very different pronunciation from English can take more time to change (e.g. Mandarin, Korean).

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.

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. At this point, changes should be permanent.

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.

How much do I have to practice?

A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

You will be provided with homework materials (audio files) to repeat daily. Other activities are assigned to help you incorporate new skills into your daily life.

Anyone looking for English or American Accent Training is encouraged to Contact Sylvia for further information.

Interested? Get A Free Consult!

Please Email or Text me a message and include your availability in the coming week for a 15 minute phone call.- weekdays only.

I will answer your questions and will be able to give you some feedback regarding your speech and what I would work on with you