What you need to know
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Some people have trouble coordinating the movements of their oral structures, such as their lips, tongue and jaw, which can contribute to difficulty pronouncing speech sounds and can affect an individual’s understandability. Speech therapy can help people say sounds correctly and speak more clearly by addressing motor challenges that contribute to a speech delay or disorder.
People may also present with dysfluencies, or stuttering, when they speak. A speech-language pathologist can work with the individual and their families to learn strategies for supporting fluent speech.
Accent Reduction Therapy
People who have English as a second language may wish to work on improving their understandability. The goal of accent reduction therapy is to modify how a person sounds when they speak English. This therapy will not eliminate an accent completely. Proficient English grammar and vocabulary skills are an asset. Working on building a person’s grammar and vocabulary skills may also reduce the perception of an accent.