Spirit speech services has a unique approach and distinct process for assisting you with meeting your communication goals.
We utilize the Compton PESL method for accent modification. Initially, an in-depth personal analysis will be performed to identify specific areas of concentration. An instructor will then teach you appropriate speech modification techniques, as well as the basic sounds and principles of American English. Sessions are typically held once a week for about 9 weeks. Depending on the prominence of the accent, the time frame could be a few weeks shorter or longer. Extension activities, or “homework”will be given at the end of each session for independent practice and a transference of skills taught. Practice is paramount to modifying an accent and could hinder improvement if you are not consistent and diligent. A second analysis will be performed at the completion of the program to determine the percent of improvement. Results vary, but an individual can expect at least a 50% improvement in their intelligibility if consistent practice and adherence to instruction is followed.
Speech coaching can cover several different areas such as public speaking, improving tone, building confidence,improving clarity, reducing rate, etc. An assessment will be conducted to determine the areas to target. A personal interview will also be conducted to learn more about your perception and others’ perception of your communication, as well as to learn about your personal goals. This step is very critical to the process as we accentuate your strengths and develop a baseline for improvement. An instructor will then develop a plan tailored to your individual needs. Sessions are held once a week and could last to 4 to 6 weeks depending on the goals that are set. A second assessment will be conducted and compared to determine the improvement.
We incorporate the use of standardized assessments as well as informal testing protocols for our speech therapy clients. The type of assessment varies depending on the impairment and need.
Our areas of specialization include:
- Articulation – An articulation disorder is the incorrect production of sounds or sound classes. This could include apraxia, which is a brain motor planning problem that results in sound or word substitutions. Or it could also involve dysarthria, which is resulted from nerve damage and speech becomes labored and imprecise.
- Stuttering – The break in the flow of speech which causes the speaker to become maladjusted and places a burden on the listener.
- Cognition – Cognitive difficulties may involve the reduced ability to understand the rules of language. Oral and written language may be impaired. This may affect individuals who suffered a stroke or children with learning disabilities.
- Voice – Voice disorders are very broad and may involve vocal paralysis, difficulties with pitch, tone, stress, and intonation, or damage to the nerves that may impair the muscles involved in voice production affecting the quality of voice.
- Dysphagia – Dysphagia is difficulty with swallowing. This may involve oral weakness such as poor lingual or labial control, or damage to the lining of the throat from acid reflux. We are Vital Stim certified, which is a treatment modality involving neuromuscular re-education of the muscles used in swallowing.
- Aphasia – Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to portions of the brain that are responsible for language and is usually presented in individuals who suffered a stroke or head injury. It can also be found in other populations such as individuals suffering from brain tumors, dementia, or infections. The disorder impairs the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing.