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Accent Modification

Effective communication is essential to everyday life, and one of the tricky things about navigating our beautifully diverse world is communicating clearly and effectively with others when their linguistic or cultural background differs significantly from our own. Often the cause of communication breakdown is not so much the language being spoken, but the accent (or patterns of speech production) of the person speaking it. Accent modification is a systematic approach to increasing a person’s ability to be understood through modifying their speech patterns.


Why are Speech-Language Pathologists uniquely equipped to work with literacy deficits? Literacy is simply language on paper, and SLPs are language experts by trade! All of the skills required for reading and writing are within the scope of what SLPs have been doing for decades:

  • Speech sounds are foundational to phonological awareness, sound-letter association, and spelling.

  • Vocabulary is foundational to breaking words down to determine their meaning and ultimately, reading comprehension and the ability to clearly convey ideas in writing.

  • Grammar is foundational to reading comprehension, reading fluency, and writing sentences.

  • Pragmatics (social use of language) is foundational to reading comprehension of humor, figurative language, foreshadowing, and it fosters predicting skills.  And it enables children to use these things in their writing!

SLPs can also identify whether a child struggles with any of these aspects of speech and language, which would compromise their ability to excel in literacy.