This course is designed to help speech-language pathologists work with individuals who speak with mild, moderate or severe accents and desire to sound less foreign or nonstandard. It will enable SLPs to develop an accent reduction program for the reduction or elimination of any particular accent by non-native English speakers or for the neutralization of a regional accent by native English speakers. In either case, the goal is to attain conformity to the standard English dialect. This course provides a brief overview of English phonology, prosody and grammar as they pertain to nonstandard English speakers. It also addresses evaluation techniques and outlines the necessary components of an accent reduction program, including structure, duration and goals, session ideas, activities and resources. Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs – 1 Contact Hour.
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Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Identify major features of English phonology, prosody, and grammar as they relate to nonstandard English speakers.
Describe contrastive analysis when assessing individuals with regional or foreign accents.
List at least three features of an accent reduction program, including appropriate target goals and activities.
Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP, is a trilingual speech-language pathologist and a clinical assistant professor in the field of speech-language pathology. She has extensive experience working with individuals with communication disorders, particularly bilingual children. She has authored numerous courses, webinars, articles as well as intervention materials and guides for diverse populations. Her specialized interests include articulation disorders, stuttering, language-literacy, and bilingualism. Many of her resources for SLPs, educators, and parents can be found on her personal website The Speech Stop (www.thespeechstop.com). Ana Paula is the author of GROW! ¡CREZCA! Language Building Storybooks.
Financial — Ana Paula Mumy is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Ana Paula Mumy is the author of treatment materials, including the GROW! ¡CREZCA! Language Building Storybooks, published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Ana Paula Mumy has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclosure.
This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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ASHA CE Registry Submission:
During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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“Gaining an understanding of what kind of variance may occur and the examples of how to address them was insightful. Also, identifying areas to address when assessing and working with accents was helpful.” – S.K. (Jun. 2020)
"The topic I found the most beneficial for my daily practice is how to create a program for those who struggle with accents and how to get them to eventually self-correct. What I liked best about this online course was the specifics such as the amount of weeks programs should for those with mild to severe accents." – J.B. (May 2020)
"The information on prosody and online resources for therapy materials was most beneficial. Great rate of presentation and very clear, with good examples! I was able to follow verbal and visual presentation and take notes! Thank you for providing great handouts and tables also!" – C.W. (Apr. 2020)
"It is useful to be aware of factors influencing non-native speakers productions especially if a new neurological event occurs. I liked the examples of goals and the voices sampled. I enjoyed the course and felt it was helpful." – S.L. (Mar. 2020)
"I liked the review of how to approach treatment. The whole presentation was excellent!" – L.F. (Feb. 2020)
"Good basic outline of key points to address when working with populations of English Language Learners." – P.M.B. (Jan. 2020)
"The handouts will be a great reference to use." – G.D. (Jan. 2020)
"I appreciated the variety of examples given - the audio samples, tables, etc. were all helpful in cementing the content." – D.S. (Dec. 2019)
"All of it from assessment to goals was beneficial. Very helpful to feel that I now have a plan to provide appropriate coaching rather than learn as I go. Excellent format for beginning an accent modification program. A great deal of specific information and examples were provided, information was written on slides to be copied, and the presenter used a rate that is conducive to processing." – C.C. (Nov. 2019)
"I liked gaining confidence that I know how to work with accent reduction clients...how to use the SLP knowledge and skills I possess. The practical tools regarding what to identify and how to evaluate client were excellent." – V.R. (Sept. 2019)
"The speaker was easy to understand and provided multiple examples per concept. I especially enjoyed the prosody stress and intonation information." – S.D. (Aug. 2019)
"The first case study with the voice sample (being able to identify accent interference) and the reference tables were most helpful." – C.K. (July 2019)
"I liked the speech samples provided in the case studies. The specific discussion of what to listen for in an evaluation was very useful. I expected to go over how to locate clients in this population / generate referrals." – J.F. (July 2019)
"The entire presentation was excellent. Very specific examples, good explanations, useful tables." – D.T. (June 2019)
"I took this course to see if Accent Reduction might be a service I could - or would want to - offer, and I found the phonetic aspect to be most beneficial for my job. Her handouts also address this aspect and will be very helpful!" – T.S. (June 2019)
"This course is excellent, and it helped me make the decision to pursue Accent Management as a new direction for my SLP work. I also really appreciated your breakdown of how you perform your assessment and treatment." – J.M. (May 2019)
"Going over the differences in phonemes and syntax for English compared to other languages was most beneficial." – K.C. (May 2019)
"Very thorough course with a great rate of presentation, insightful, and very useful information." – L.P. (Apr. 2019)
"I enjoyed the tables; especially the tables on intonation and syllable stress. Great activity ideas!" – S.N. (Mar. 2019)
"I appreciated that it was a different viewpoint in some regards to what I already do with foreign accent modification clients. It was a very general overview, given the time allotted. Some beginning therapists just beginning to work with international clients might not have received enough detailed info." – C.O. (Mar. 2019)
"I liked the various charts containing the rules of the English language. It is a great resource not only for articulation but for helping students with encoding and decoding." – H.H. (Feb. 2019)
"I liked the English Phonology 101, linking section, and Stress and Intonation." – D.C. (Jan. 2019)
"The case studies were very helpful. I liked that there were printable tables for referencing." – M.M. (Dec. 2018)
"I am looking to begin a corporate speech pathology business in a global city overseas. This information gave me a wonderful overview of accent reduction as well as pointed me toward excellent resources to begin preparing for this endeavor." – A.P. (Oct. 2018)
"The recordings of non-native speakers' speech and your explanation of what to work on was extremely helpful!!!! The course was very thorough. The practical information she included exceeded my expectations!" – K.P. (Oct. 2018)
"I liked the practicals on working with accent reduction clients as well as the discussion of grammar, prosody difference between English and other languages, and the resources available to work with non-native English speakers." – (Aug. 2018)
"I thought it was extremely interesting and not something Speech-Language Pathologists often get to talk about. I also enjoyed that the presenter gave several real examples for us to listen to. I thought the course was great! Wish it was longer to learn more information!" – A.H. (July 2018)
"The examples of session activities & resources were extremely helpful!" – R.W. (May 2018)
"Love the auditory speech sample. Great resource citation." – D.A. (Apr. 2018)