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Speech Improvement and Accent Reduction

At The Voice and Swallowing Center, a division of ENT & Allergy Associates, LLP, is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders and to further the understanding of voice and swallowing through education. The faculty at the Voice & Swallowing Center has invented or pioneered a suite of office-based diagnosis & therapeutic procedures.

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Clear, efficient speech is a perquisite for communication in the 21st century. The Voice and Swallowing Center offers specific training in effective speaking, presentational skills and accent reduction.

It is well known that first impressions are lasting impressions. The clarity of a telephone greeting, the response to a question, the smile that accompanies the greeting all contribute to that lasting impression. Anyone who wants to speak with distinction, articulate with precision and present their message with confidence will benefit from the speech improvement and accent reduction programs of the Voice and Swallowing Center.

Who is a candidate for speech improvement or accent reduction?

All individuals who speak professionally can benefit from a program of speech improvement or accent reduction. This includes salesman, executives, actors, secretaries, teachers and clergy. Any one who feels that the or she needs additional help to clearly articulate their speech and project their voice can be helped with speech improvement techniques. People with a strong accent who are asked to repeat or who want to minimize their accent can also benefit from the program. Any individual who wants to present himself or herself with a confident voice, a clear message and a dynamic delivery can improve in a short time with established techniques.

What is needed?

A motivated individual, time to practice daily and a willingness to change from the stiffness, rigidity and monotony of his or her existing speaking style is the primary requisite. The time commitment is minimal because the practice becomes part of one's daily speaking habits. The ability to listen and adjust speaking habits is merged into a daily pattern once the specific aspects of the speech improvement program are practiced.

  • What skills are addressed in this program?
  • Articulation
  • Postures
  • Gestures
  • Pauses with emphasis
  • Speaking rate variations
  • Tongue and jaw accuracy
  • Eye contact
  • Dress and presentation
  • Specific exercises depending on the accent to be changed
  • Reduction and elimination of stage fright

How long does the program take to see results?

For accent reduction, some people notice changes after 2 or 3 sessions. When the accent is strong, it may take 8-10 sessions. For speech improvement, the number of sessions depends on the goals of the speaker.

Daily practice is blended into the work and social settings as soon as the client recognized the new versus the "old way" or speaking.

How are the sessions conducted?

Individual sessions are the most common. Each session may last 45 minutes or longer. Group sessions are available for individuals with similar goals or accents. Corporations or organizations may arrange sessions for groups at their office site if the goals are similar for the group.

Getting Started

A thorough evaluation of the speech and voice organs is done at the first visit. A speech profile is identified form this evaluation and a program is outlined based on each individual's needs. Goals are established within a time frame and "brush up" sessions are scheduled once the goals are met.