Although she was born in the United States, her first language was Spanish. Her parents are immigrants from the Dominican Republic which is part of a small island with a big heart. She was able to maintain her primary language (Spanish) while learning English since being enrolled in kindergarten. As a bilingual therapist she understands the process of second language acquisition and the significance of maintaining one's native language. At the same time she understands that effective and efficient communication is essential for connection and success in all aspects of life.
Deborah is a licensed speech language pathologist certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the State of Texas and Massachusetts as a speech-language pathologist.
At Vice Versa we teach English pronunciation patterns using the Rupp Method which was developed by a licensed speech-language pathologist, Jane Rupp. Because this program focuses on each person's accent training journey, this program is not arranged in sequential order but thematically. This allows us the flexibility to develop a gold standard program that guarantees results.
In-depth speech assessment of your English pronunciation in words, sentences, and conversational speech
Analysis of your English production of vowels and consonants including rhythm, linking, stress in words/phrases, and intonation/pitch in sentences will be discussed
Learn tongue and lip movements, airflow and voicing to achieve correct placement of English speech sounds
Receive expert guidance and essential feedback in each session as well as assignments for practice
A comprehensive instruction guide, practice materials and audio files will be provided