Private practice: Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Online speech pathologist.
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Strive Online Speech Language Therapy
It's wonderful that Canada has such diversity. Eliminating an accent entirely is usually not Strive's goal. Improving speech to a level that others do not have difficulty understanding your message may be the goal.
Are people asking you to repeat information? You may benefit from working with a speech-language pathologist.
Accent reduction may make a difference for people. Clients have mentioned that they were not aware that they were using the incorrect consonants or vowel sounds. Others have said that they were not aware that they were using pronouns incorrectly, articles (a, the) and other grammatical structures. Strive hopes clients are not worried that it will be difficult as Shelley tries to make sessions enjoyable and work is completed in small steps from an easier level, gradually working toward the conversation level. After the session, the SLP may send you worksheets or SLP voice recordings to help you practise between sessions. Voice recordings can provide the SLP's model or instructions for certain sounds to then listen to on your computer or phone to enhance practise between sessions.
Frequently asked questions:
How long does it take?: The sessions are specific to each person. Some clients feel more confident after 6 to 8 sessions while others choose to continue on to work on more goals. It is up to the client when they would like to discontinue sessions. Clients are free to discontinue at any time.
What program do you use? It is specific to each person. The SLP listens to all consonant and vowel sounds, intonation patterns, grammar and other areas of language and conversation skills. After some work, there are a few clients with specific requests, such as to listen to a video they made for their website or a uTube presentation for help. Others ask to practise presentations they are required to do at work. Some want to work on words or phrases that they use often at work that others are not understanding well. Other clients want to practise language and words frequently used in job interviews. Some clients have specific things that they want to work on while other clients look to the speech-language pathologist for some direction. The SLP is flexible and tries to work with the client to determine what is most important to the client. Some clients who may speak 2, 3, 4, or 5, languages have mentioned that they enjoy that goals are custom designed to the person's strengths and deficits rather than a specific workbook approach.