Accent Modification

Accent Modification

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Duke speech pathologists can use accent modification techniques to help you reduce a foreign or regional accent and improve your ability to communicate effectively and confidently. Effective communication skills can improve your self-confidence and open doors to career advancement opportunities.

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Who Should Consider Accent Modification?

You may benefit from accent modification if:

  • You find that people have a hard time understanding your speech
  • You have to repeat yourself frequently to be understood
  • You avoid social or business conversations because you have trouble communicating
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Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.

Accent Modification Improves Communication

Our skilled speech pathologists are specifically trained in accent modification and focus on improving the sounds and rhythm of your speech. We work with you on your:

  • Speaking rate
  • Voice projection
  • Conversational speech
  • Public speaking
  • Accented sounds
  • Idioms
  • Contractions
  • Intonation

The ability to be understood and to communicate is an invaluable skill at home, at work, and in social situations. It is vital to participating fully in life, feeling valued, and meeting your goals. We help you improve your ability to communicate with others and your quality of life.

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The Accent Modification Process

Tailored Treatment

We conduct an initial evaluation, create a program based on phonetic analysis of your speech, then tailor your program to your needs. You receive a comprehensive set of practice exercises, a training manual, and a personalized list of practice words that are important for you to pronounce correctly.

Individualized and Group Programs

We offer weekly private sessions and small group classes of two to five students. The eight-week program is for people with all levels of foreign accents, native speakers with regional dialects, and people with accents who need specific speech improvement. The 13-week program is designed for people with accents that affect communication at work and a social setting.

Practice for Positive Results

Accent modification therapy helps people achieve up to 50 percent improvement when one hour of practice is completed daily.

Post-Therapy Guidance

You will receive a self-study guide to help you continue to improve after completion of the accent modification program.

Consistently Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Hospitals
In addition, Duke University Hospital is proud to be named the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 10 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.
Reviewed: 10/16/2018