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All of our Accent Reduction Specialists meet the following criteria:
- Have obtained a Master's degree or higher in the field of Speech-Language Pathology: Having a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology signifies a professional that is highly qualified and an expert in spoken language, phonology, language acquisition and spoken English articulation.
- Licensed Speech-Language Pathologists: All of our licensed speech-language pathologists are nationally certified with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. They are all required to take continuing education classes to keep their certification and licensure.
- Native English Speakers: All of our specialists are native English speakers and speak with standard American English; which is what our program teaches to all of the clients. All of our specialist have learned a second language or are in the process of learning a second language. Each specialist understands the difficulties and challenges that an individual faces when mastering a second language.
- Have been trained in the Compton P-ESL Accent Reduction program or have taken courses through the LDS & Associates Training Center: Compton P-ESL (Producing English as a Second Language) is a research-based method which provides clients with the skills necessary to reduce their accents. The program was developed at the San Francisco Institute of Language and Phonology by Arthur J. Compton, Ph.D., an experienced linguist. Since 1985, the Compton method has helped thousands of non-native English speakers change their accents and lives. Each client will acquire at least 50% improvement with their accent if the client works hard and practices everyday. The other training that our specalist may have taken courses through is the LDS & Associates Training Center. LDS & Associates has been delivering quality train-the trainer programs for accent modification since 1988.