Communication works for those who work at it.
– John Powell
Jennifer is a speech-language pathologist specializing in adult acquired neurological communication and swallowing disorders. In addition, Jennifer practices in the area of accent reduction. She enjoys helping adults to optimize their communication skills to best suit their personal circumstances.
What is a speech-language pathologist?
Speech-language pathologists may work alone or as part of a team to help individuals of all ages to communicate effectively and to eat and swallow safely. The role of SL-P is to identify, assess, evaluate, treat, manage, educate and help to prevent language, speech, voice, fluency, cognitive and other related communication disorders, as well as swallowing problems.
Adult Neurological Communication (Aphasia, Aphraxia and Cognitive-Communication) and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
Jennifer has been working as an SL-P in the area of adult communication and swallowing disorders since 1996. She has helped individuals manage the effects of stroke, acquired brain injury, and other neurological disorders (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease). She is trained in the use of PROMPT (for aphraxia of speech) and SCA (Supported Communication for Adults with Aphasia).
Everyone speaks with an accent of one kind or another. An accent is rich with culture and heritage and that is what makes individuals unique and distinct. But when having a foreign accent causes frequent miscommunication or embarrassment, accent reduction therapy can help alleviate the communication struggles.
Often speakers of English as a second language have a strong grasp or mastery of the English language. Yet their pronunciation or intonation patterns and lack of familiarity with idiomatic expressions may interfere with their ability to be clearly understood or to comprehend the subtle nuances of communication. Particularly strong accents may give the impression that one does not communicate well in English. These limitations may result in frustration or embarrassment, lowering self esteem, and may even limit career potential for the individual.