Everyone has an accent, no matter where they are from. While no one accent is superior to another, there are times when accents can make it difficult to communicate when living in a country that is not your homeland. If you find that you need to repeat yourself constantly in order to be understood or avoid social interaction because of your accent, then you may benefit from accent modification therapy.
Difficulty communicating due to an accent can have a significant impact on a person’s work life, educational development, and social life. While modifying an accent should not be a goal for every person living in a place that is not their origin, some people feel their accents make everyday life more difficult.
Improve your communication skills with accent modification therapy
A Sydney speech pathologist can assess your speech patterns in order to provide you with professional feedback about the types of changes you can make in order to improve your communication skills. Accent modification therapy, or “accent reduction therapy,” takes time, patience and plenty of practise, but the end result can dramatically improve the quality of a person’s life.
It is common for non-native English speakers in the field of medicine or business to follow through with accent modification therapy. People with professions that require superior communication skills are often able to advance their job performance with the help of a speech pathologist.
During your first session with a speech pathologist, a comprehensive assessment of your speech patterns will be made. You will be asked to read sentences or to repeat phrases of words so that your pronunciation, intonation, rhythm, and other speech patterns can be assessed. Your speech pathologist will then be able to design the most effective methods for modifying your accent. In following sessions, you will build on your skills until you feel confident about your ability to effectively communicate in English.
If you have questions about accent modification therapy contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns.