SOURCE: Dearborn Speech and Sensory Center

October 16, 2007 09:05 ET

Dearborn Speech & Sensory Center Introduces Accent Reduction Services

Program Is Designed for Individuals With Mild to Strong Foreign Accents

DEARBORN, MI--(Marketwire - October 16, 2007) - If English is not your first language and you have difficulty being understood, Dearborn Speech and Sensory Center recommends that you consider their accent reduction services.

Unlike some providers of accent reduction services, clients of Dearborn Speech and Sensory Center work with certified speech-language pathologists who are able to address other issues as well, including articulation, grammar, voice disorders and help with public speaking.

"Our speech language pathologists come from diverse cultural and language backgrounds, so they are sensitive to the experiences and needs of our clients," said Lori M. Shaffer, a speech language pathologist and director of the Dearborn Speech and Sensory Center.

Depending on each individual's command of English and evaluation results, clients are enrolled in a seven week or 13 week program. Each program consists of a 1.5 hour session each week. Clients who attend each session without interruption and who practice daily can expect to experience at least a 50 percent improvement in their English pronunciation.

Sessions are conducted one-on-one or in small groups of three to five people. According to Shaffer, clients come from all walks of life, including professors to business professionals to homemakers to college students.

Dearborn Speech and Sensory Center therapists have been specially trained and certified in the Compton P-ESL program developed by Arthur J. Compton, Ph.D., of the Institute of Language and Phonology.

"Our services not only reduce a client's accent, they can help build confidence, reduce frustration and create new opportunities," added Shaffer.

For more information about accent reduction services available through Dearborn Speech and Sensory Center or to schedule an evaluation, call 313-359-4695 or visit

About Dearborn Speech and Sensory Center

Dearborn Speech and Sensory Center provides services to children and adults in the areas of speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and psychological needs. The Center's professionals have many years of combined experience in hospitals, schools and private practices, excelling in their areas of expertise. The Dearborn Speech and Sensory Center is dedicated to serving the needs of the Dearborn, Downriver, and SE Michigan area. Services are provided by therapists at the Center or on a contractual basis. For more information, call 313-359-4695 or visit

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Lori Shaffer, M.A., CCC-SLP
    Dearborn Speech & Sensory Center
    313-732-1461 cell
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    Margaret Blohm, APR
    Margaux & Associates, LLC
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