Living and teaching English in Taiwan for two years gave Laurie first-hand experience with the difficulties one can face while trying to communicate effectively with people from another culture when language is a barrier. As an English major in college, Laurie loved language and communication, so when she was unable to communicate clearly her experience was all the more personally frustrating.
After returning to the United States, Laurie took her experience of living with a communication deficit and turned it into a 15-year career as a speech-language pathologist. Although her clinical work centered on individuals with disabilities, Laurie always harbored a passion for helping people affected by cross-cultural communication difficulties. So in 2010, she started Capital Accent LLC to work with individuals who want to improve their communication skills by reducing their foreign accents.
As a speech-language pathologist, Laurie’s combination of clinical experience and academic credentials uniquely qualify her to provide accent modification training. Laurie specializes in motor speech (mouth movement for speech sounds) and is the only speech-language pathologist/accent modification specialist trained in PROMPT therapy in Upstate NY. PROMPT is an acronym for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. It is a hands-on approach that teaches a person how to move their mouths to form speech sounds they have never produced before.
Laurie is accredited nationally by the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association and licensed by the State of New York. Laurie holds a BA in English from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and an MS in Communication Disorders from The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. She is a member of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the American Dialect Society.