UWSHC accent training and modification is an elective service sought by individuals who want to change or modify their speech patterns. Accents are variations in speaking that cause an individual’s speech sounds, intonation, fluency and rate to be perceived differently from any native, standard, regional, or dialectal form of speech. We all have an accent, depending on where we are in relation to where we were raised.
Accents reflect a person’s culture, individuality, and are a source of pride. Those who seek accent modification services often do so because others have difficulty understanding what they are communicating. These communication challenges often interfere or impact the individual’s career or educational goals; however, people seek services for other reasons as well. At the UWSHC, we provide individual and group sessions for people who want to modify their accents.
For more information visit the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) website.