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Course # 5276
EBP in Accent Modification: Understanding client needs and values

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

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.
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

This course was recorded on February 14, 2012


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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

Average Rating

(299 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 299 reviews

Review by: Marissa on March 25, 2015
It was pretty vague, and while bringing up some basic points about what to consider, I didn't really walk away with much in hand to help me actually implement her suggestions.
Review by: Allison on March 18, 2015
I enjoyed the topic as well as addressing why SLPs must be aware of cultural differences. I learned that A.M was not an ethical practice while in school; now, I can see how necessary it can be. I hope to take on A.M clients in the near future. It's a topic that fascinates me.
Review by: Alexandra on March 12, 2015
Clear, concise and with practical information.
Review by: Carolina on March 11, 2015
great presentation
Review by: Michelle on March 3, 2015
I am glad to see more courses on this topic! It's an important knowledge area for SLP's but it can be difficult to find relevant coursework.
Review by: Adra on February 25, 2015
It provided excellent background information in a new growing field.
Review by: Laura on January 30, 2015
Education about the factor of listener bias.
Review by: Evelyn on January 16, 2015
Objective way to present discriminations of those with accents or differences.
Review by: Adele on January 11, 2015
Review by: Hailee on January 5, 2015
VERY informative!
Review by: Elizabeth on December 28, 2014
Given that this is a clinical area that I do not usually participate in, I was able to learn a great deal and will keep my notes and apply them in any future instances.
Review by: ESTEBAN on December 26, 2014
The course provided a clear road map, specific goals, and mentioned available tools.
Review by: Aubree' on December 18, 2014
Review by: Laura on December 16, 2014
Information expanded on the argument for listener education and cultural competency training
Review by: julie on December 1, 2014
Information on a relatively new topic in our field that bears consideration; the CAAI seems like a potentially useful tool because of its objectivity.
Review by: Pamela on November 26, 2014
Objective evaluation information
Review by: mileen on November 26, 2014
Review by: Melinda on November 24, 2014
Nice presentation about how to screen for accent modification services. It would be helpful to learn more about the treatment approaches .
Review by: Rae on November 22, 2014
Focus on accent modification and extent of need, evaluating when to give "treatment."Content was well organized.
Review by: Bonnie on November 20, 2014
It provided an objective way to make clinical decisions about accent mod.
Review by: Patricia on November 16, 2014
Invited participants to consider listener stereotypes, etc. not just consonants, vowels and prosody.
Review by: Anna on November 7, 2014
Well organized, knowledgeable and passionate speaker.
Review by: Monica on October 7, 2014
Distinguished between when you need accent modification and when you don't, instead you need listener education.
Review by: Mary on September 28, 2014
Well organized
Review by: elizabeth on September 28, 2014
The material is not as complex as many other areas. However, it was presented in a transparent and organized fashion. Good clear guidelines.
Review by: Catherine on September 10, 2014
Review by: Martha on August 27, 2014
Magnificent presenter. She is very clear and organized when presenting her ideas.
Review by: lantelme@hotmail.com on August 25, 2014
Specific examples demonstrated points of the course better.
Review by: Kathryn on August 20, 2014
Very knowledgeable presenter.
Review by: Jeri on August 1, 2014
Personal experience
Review by: Zulemy on July 29, 2014
enjoyed the workshop interesting field of work
Review by: Vicky on July 16, 2014
Organized presentation and handout. Fantastic short audio clips of clients.
Review by: Molly on June 26, 2014
It was a well organized intro into the topic for an SLP without accent modification experience.
Review by: HELEN on June 9, 2014
cutting edge topic!
Review by: Maryann on June 3, 2014
Presenter is very knowledgeable and experienced with accents. I enjoyed listening to her, and will seek out more of her talks.
Review by: Alaina on May 28, 2014
Great presenter on a rarely presented topic.
Review by: Sonia on May 23, 2014
New information for me, presented clearly.
Review by: Mimi on April 27, 2014
It is excellent to have an evidence based practices approach to accent modification assessment and service delivery.
Review by: Connie on April 25, 2014
Very well organized and presented with good detail and examples.
Review by: Caroline on April 14, 2014
I enjoyed the research studies and the real-life examples of accents.
Review by: Elgustus on March 15, 2014
Presenter shared research evidence to support recommendations made for clinical practice.
Review by: Elizabeth on February 20, 2014
Review by: Lisa on February 20, 2014
Well organized.
Review by: Kelly on January 30, 2014
It made me aware of things I need to consider before recommending therapy, and the frustrations that clients may be encountering.
Review by: Gayle on December 31, 2013
Examples of speakers, most of the powerpoint slides, discussion of assessment tools & research.
Review by: Jennifer on December 30, 2013
Great information
Review by: Andrea on December 27, 2013
Review by: Gaby on December 25, 2013
Review by: jill on December 25, 2013
new information presented in a clear organozed way. I liked the examples from research studies
Review by: salwa on December 24, 2013
Set up good reason for needing evidence based practice in this area. I appreciated someone working to make assessment of this area more objective with accurate baselines
Review by: Nancy on December 23, 2013
Clear, well organized content, interesting narratives and audio clips.
Review by: Sarah on December 21, 2013
Interesting information about a less-discussed topic.
Review by: Joe on December 17, 2013
It was very well organized.
Review by: Joyce on December 14, 2013
Well Organized and Insightful
Review by: Frances on December 4, 2013
Presenter was informative and thorough. I appreciated the video clips to help me understand the need for accent modification and the prejudices that people may face daily.
Review by: Carol on November 24, 2013
real examples from real people were given.
Review by: cindy on November 20, 2013
Speaker's articulation of the need for multi-cultural sensitivity/advocacy
Review by: Diane on November 14, 2013
met the stated objectives
Review by: Elizabeth on October 20, 2013
instructor's obvious expertise and enthusiasm about her content
Review by: George on October 10, 2013
Learning about how to properly diagnose accent disorders was interesting with detailed testing measures
Review by: Rachel on October 3, 2013
sharing actual data, examples of how to rate accent/intelligibility and explained in a way that can actually be applied to my service coordination and helps me select clients, explain and educate clients and using EBP address accent modification.
Review by: Robert on September 29, 2013
Very good information was presented but the speaker spoke quickly and the handout was hard to read.
Review by: Gail on September 28, 2013
information, handout
Review by: Lisa on September 25, 2013
speaker is well versed on the material. organized and interesting course.
Review by: sunita on September 18, 2013
organized very well. This is a new topic for me and I was able to see the main points easily.
Review by: Margaret on September 8, 2013
the language samples, was well organizedthe slides and text were not in sync though
Review by: Aliza on July 7, 2013
It was a good introductory course on accent modification.
Review by: Nakia on June 12, 2013
Review by: Deb on June 2, 2013
Very well organized-- I enjoyed the video documentary. Lot's of valuable information.
Review by: Iona on May 31, 2013
Dr. Shah speaker provided very comprehensive coverage in a topic area that is not well defined or understood within our field.
Review by: Vanessa on May 25, 2013
Presenter's knowledge.
Review by: Elizabeth Yeamans on May 10, 2013
She gave excellent background and introductory information re: how accents affect individuals and provided insights into the perspectives of both clients and clinicians for improvement in understanding on both sides of the issue.
Review by: Shirley on May 8, 2013
Information presented on how to determine who needs accent modification. More than listening is required.
Review by: Beverly A on April 16, 2013
Very knowledgeable speaker. Well researched material.
Review by: Jill on April 5, 2013
Good information
Review by: Grace on March 28, 2013
Simple and EB framework for subjective measures
Review by: Melissa on February 26, 2013
information about the assessment
Review by: Jane on January 1, 2013
clear & concise
Review by: Jessica on December 31, 2012
I enjoyed the research she presented.
Review by: Carlyn on December 26, 2012
knowledgable speaker
Review by: Lisa on December 18, 2012
Clear presentation; broad, objective means of assessing clients' needs
Review by: Betty on December 14, 2012
It was well organized and very informative.
Review by: Ruthann on December 14, 2012
Dr. Shah was a clear and interesting speaker.
Review by: Janet on December 12, 2012
New information for me. EBP information. Good speaker.
Review by: Joanie on December 4, 2012
The course was interesting and opened up a perpective about an approach I had not considered before.
Review by: Justin on December 4, 2012
Particucularly enjoyed presentation of accent assessment and the presenter's standardized instrument.
Review by: Kathryn on December 3, 2012
enjoyed story of my accent video doc
Review by: Beth on November 16, 2012
Great info given from documentary
Review by: Deborah W. on November 14, 2012
Emphasis on speaker biases as influencing perceptions. Often ignored or deferred to not a problem.
Review by: daniel on November 9, 2012
video examples
Review by: Renee on November 8, 2012
great real life implications of accent
Review by: Talia on November 8, 2012
The information
Review by: Susan on October 28, 2012
Excellent EBP references and theoretical framework.
Review by: Katricia on October 23, 2012
Ms. Shah has strong evidence for the information presented and has a wealth of experience in the practice. Also, her cultural and linguistic diversity lend more credibility to her ability to understand client needs and values.
Review by: Dolores on October 20, 2012
The information was completely new to me and gave me a good place to start gaining info in this area.
Review by: Todd on October 15, 2012
Great teacher.
Review by: Laurie on October 15, 2012
Dr. Shah's presentation was easy to follow and comprehend. She is succinct and organized.
Review by: Mary Beth on October 13, 2012
well presented, evidence based
Review by: Amanda on October 10, 2012
Presenter was very knowledgable and presented information clearly. She used good video examples and moved at a good pace. Unfortunate that the resources were not readily available.
Review by: Elizabeth on September 21, 2012
Easy and practical to make determinations.

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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.

Disclosure: Financial disclosure: Dr Shah developed/publishes the CAAI assessment battery mentioned in this presentation. She has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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