Services for Adults
Adults with various communication challenges seek our services. The individuals we serve may have developmental delays or communication problems frequently associated with medical conditions such as autism, Down syndrome or other genetic disorders, cerebral palsy, stroke or progressive central nervous system diseases (such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, etc.).
On the other hand, some adults who have no identified disorder seek our services to help them improve pronunciation of the English language or to improve their public speaking skills, vocal projection and other professional or interpersonal communication skills.
There are many different disorders that may be associated with changes in communication abilities. Some, such as apraxia or dysarthria, affect speech-sound production; others, such as aphasia, may affect your ability to understand or use language, making it difficult to understand people or to express your own ideas.
There are a variety of treatments and devices to assist with these changes in communication abilities:
- Aphasia (language disorders acquired following stroke)
- Apraxia or dysarthria (speech disorders acquired following stroke)
- Cognitive-communication disorders (often following traumatic brain injury)
- Deafness or hearing loss affecting speech production
- Fluency disorder (stuttering)
- Nonverbal communication needs (augmentative/alternative devices)
- Voice disorders
Communication Improvement (when there is no disorder)
Adults who do not have any specific disorders may contact us for intervention in the following areas:
- Foreign accent modification
- Professional communication
- Reading and writing (literacy)
Comprehensive assessments are offered in all of these areas.
Accent Modification Program
Success in life and business depends on one's ability to communicate clearly and effectively. The Compton Pronouncing English as a Second Language (P-ESL) program is one method for modifying a foreign accent so that you can be better understood in conversational English. You may find that reducing your accent helps you communicate more effectively in professional and social situations. The Compton P-ESL program begins with an interview and evaluation. The instructor will complete a thorough report and will design a course tailored to your specific needs. A 13-week course is recommended for most clients but a 7-week course may be recommended for mild accents. You will meet with your instructor every week for one hour at CHSC office or via live online training. Success rates depend on how much a client practices at home. Most clients demonstrate a 50% improvement when comparing the number of sound differences form the first to second evaluation. All accent modification sessions at CHSC are with a Compton P-ESL instructor who has the added expertise of being a certified Speech-Language Pathologist.
If you are interested in more information on this program, please contact Dalit Burgess at 216-325-7535 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or, Hanna Ross Hange at 216-325-7527 (email@example.com).