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Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) Support
Diagnosis and Treatment
A team of medical professionals should collaborate to diagnose and treat a suspected case of FAS. An ideal team includes:
When working with a speech-language pathologist, the first step is a thorough assessment. This includes a full case history to gather information about exposure to foreign language, education, medical history, and family history. Also important is an examination of oral structures and standardized tests of language and speech intelligibility. Samples of conversational speech and oral reading are used for in-depth analysis of individual speech patterns.
Research in the effect of speech-language treatment on FAS is just beginning. Our lab completed a case-study of speech treatment using accent reduction techniques. To read the abstract, click here.