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EBP in Accent Modification: Understanding client needs and values

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This course uses a needs-based objective decision framework to identify the accent-related needs of clients who speak with nonstandard regional or foreign accents. Using quotes and video narratives of clients, listeners will be provided a range of attitudes, values, needs, and wants clients have around their accents. These attitudes and wants are not always predictable, and often, not identified or shared by clinicians. A broad range of research findings will also be presented to demonstrate the real-life challenges and obstacles related to speaking in nonstandard accents. Further, a clients’-needs-based framework that uses quantitative methods and statistically-tested stimuli is introduced in this course to ensure that clinician biases, society’s stereotypes, or employer’s discrimination are not the driving forces in accent-modification services. Instead, the framework shows how objective data and evidence based practice (EBP) can overcome and replace stereotypes and inadvertent discrimination.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to describe the importance of determining clients’ values and needs within the premise of evidence-based practice.
  • After this course, participants will be able to list references and explain findings of representative studies that describe the type of challenges individuals with nonstandard accents face.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe the tool and methods available within a clients’ need-based framework to objectively determine the candidacy for accent modification services.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-10 Minutes Overview and Background
10-55 Minutes Evidence-based Research
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A

Course Presenter

amee p shah

Amee P. Shah, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Amee Shah is an Associate Professor in the Speech and Hearing program and director of the Speech Acoustics & Research Laboratory at Cleveland State University. Dr. Shah holds a BSc in Audiology & Speech Rehabilitation, MA in Linguistics, MA in Speech-language Pathology, a M. Phil and a Ph.D. She pursued a Post-doctoral Fellowship at McGill University in neurolinguistics.

Dr. Shah is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and has practiced as a bilingual speech-language pathologist for over 15 years, including seven years in New York City. Dr. Shah's research interests involve the study of the processes of cross-linguistic speech production and perception, with a focus on foreign-accented English. This line of investigation is helping bridge the gaps between basic science research and clinical practice with bilingual and nonnative speakers of English. Dr. Shah is building a national reputation in the area of clinical concerns related to foreign-accentedness. As of 2007, she has developed the "Comprehensive Assessment of Accentedness & Intelligibility (CAAI)", a first of its kind comprehensive, data-based, assessment battery to assess communication difficulties related to foreign-accented speech. She has numerous national and international presentations, and peer-reviewed publications in various theoretical and clinical issues of foreign-accentedness.


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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)


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