Clear Speech - speech-language pathologist

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Toronto, Canada   

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does accent reduction work?

Think of yourself someone learning to play the piano and think of me as your teacher.  Each music student will be different: not just in terms of innate talent, but in terms of determination and motivation. The teacher’s task is to assess the student’s skill, knowledge level and other factors and to help them achieve their goals, which will also vary from student to student.

It is the same with accent and other speech work.  Motivation, innate skill and background will all make a difference to your long term success.
 
The piano teacher needs to teach not just how to play the instrument, but the theory behind the music. The novice student of piano thinks that music is simply notes; just as my students often start by thinking they simply have to learn a few new sounds. As the piano student advances, she learns from her teacher the interplay of volume, pace and rhythm, just as my students learn that effective communication is an combination of sounds, volume, pitch, rhythm, body language, thought and confidence.
 Both music and speech students will start with drill and ear training, because both piano playing and speech involve not just physical movements of  fingers or tongue, but use the ear and brain as well. Drill and practice are crucial though. The teacher advances the student through simple scales, to short pieces of music or more complex tasks, just as I do.

Do you treat stuttering?

While all Speech Language Pathologists are trained to assess and treat a wide variety of speech and language related disorders including stuttering, in our professional practice we may choose to focus on one or two areas to the exclusion of others. I have chosen to work in the areas of accent, voice, speech and presentation. I have also worked extensively with adults who have neurogenic speech and language disorders. If you are seeking a Speech Language Pathologist to assist with a stuttering or disfluency problem please go to the OSLA or CASLPA websites. There are links there to help you find a private practitioner who works in the area you need.

Do you treat children?

Children learn differently than adults and need to work with an SLP (Speech Language Pathologist) who has made a choice to specialize in this area. If you are seeking a Speech Language Pathologist to assist with a problem your child has with speech or language please go to the OSLA or CASLPA websites. There are links there to help you find a private practitioner who works in the area you need.

How do I make an appointment?

Ideally I like to speak with my clients prior to booking a first appointment.  This free 15 minute consultation gives you a chance to ask me questions that are not answered in the website and it gives me an opportunity to listen to  your speech and get a sense of your needs and expectations.  It is best if you email and include a contact number, what area you are interested in working on, as well as a good time to reach you. Calls are returned after regular business hours, so a home or cell number works best.

Where are you located?

The Clear Speech Studio is in east Toronto, a five minute walk from the Coxwell Subway stop. It is easily accessible by car with free parking on the street. Link to map

Do you have sessions outside of regular business hours?

I schedule sessions outside of regular business hours from 4:30 to 7:00. I sometimes have sessions available as well on weekend mornings. Please keep in mind that I am usually fully booked up to three months in advance.