Accent Reduction/Modification

ASHA considers “accents” as a communication “difference” and “dialect,” as defined below:

Communication Variations

Communication difference/dialect is a variation of a symbol system used by a group of individuals that reflects and is determined by shared regional,social, or cultural/ethnic factors. A regional, social, or cultural/ethnic variation of a symbol system should not be considered a disorder of speech or language.

The goal is not to completely eliminate all traces of foreign accents. If most people find you easy enough to understand you, you won’t benefit from this service.It’s even considered “sexy” or “fashionable” these days. If people ask you to repeat yourself or even tell you you have a “thick accent” then try it. No promise you will turn “sexy,” but you can be easier to understand.

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