5 Ways Speech Language Pathologists are Positioned to Help You Speak with the Accent You Want

With numerous professionals providing accent modification services, which do you choose?

Here are 5 reasons why a Speech Language Pathologist may be the best professional to help you speak with accent you want:

1. SLPs study the science of Communication 

Speech language pathologists (SLP) typically complete undergraduate and graduate studies in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Within that curriculum they learn about typical language development, communication disorders resulting from a medical condition, and language differences, such as an accent. Here are some of the courses that support their content knowledge in the area of accent modification:

  • Anatomy & Physiology for Speech and Hearing
  • Neurological Bases of Speech, Language, and Hearing
  • Cognitive Bases of Language
  • Speech and Language Development
  • Speech Science
  • Phonetic Processing and Phonology 
  • Physics of Sound
  • Hearing Science
  • Linguistic Theory
  • Counseling
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations


2. SLPs receive supervised training to prepare for working with people

Academic content is then applied in supervised clinical training where SLPs are mentored in how to observe, assess, and manage people’s communication skills. They use various testing measures to gather a baseline and track progress. They counsel clients about assessment findings and recommendations. They develop goals for actionable change, create personalized activities, and provide specific feedback. SLPs utilize research-based programming designed to help people achieve their communication goals.

3. SLPs earn and maintain rigorous professional licenses

SLPs earn a certificate of clinical competence through the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and are licensed to practice within state specific states. These organizations hold SLPs accountable for ethical practices, demonstrating cultural humility, and maintaining their education within the field. Many SLPs also engage in other professional groups including ASHA Special Interest Groups, state associations, or accent modification specific groups such as CORSPAN.

4. SLPs are trained to write meaningful and measurable goals 

Client-centered goals drive meaningful change. SLPs work with clients to understand what your goals are and to incorporate them into your programming. Involving clients directly in the process, leads to increased motivation and better outcomes. Goal writing is also measurable and quantifiable. It’s all in the numbers! SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. These will help define your end goal and keep you on track to achieve it. 

5. SLPs support the full spectrum of communication

The majority of SLPs work with people to improve disordered communication from a medical condition. However, they are also trained to work with communication differences, such as accented speech among English language learners or people with strong regional accents. Accent management is elective with a goal of improving a person’s comprehensibility, naturalness, and confidence. The ultimate goal is to increase your overall communicative effectiveness in any context. 

Curious about my background and specific training in Accent Management? Learn more.