Transgender Voice and Communication: Introduction and International Context Transgender voice and communication is a growing area of clinical service delivery in the United States and around the world; however, many clinicians are unsure where to begin if they are interested in working with people who are transgender, transsexual, or gender nonconforming/gender variant. Recently, at the Biennial Symposium of ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2015
Transgender Voice and Communication: Introduction and International Context
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Article   |   March 01, 2015
Transgender Voice and Communication: Introduction and International Context
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2015, Vol. 25, 25-31. doi:10.1044/vvd25.1.25
History: Received October 10, 2014 , Revised December 8, 2014 , Accepted December 8, 2014
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2015, Vol. 25, 25-31. doi:10.1044/vvd25.1.25
History: Received October 10, 2014; Revised December 8, 2014; Accepted December 8, 2014

Transgender voice and communication is a growing area of clinical service delivery in the United States and around the world; however, many clinicians are unsure where to begin if they are interested in working with people who are transgender, transsexual, or gender nonconforming/gender variant. Recently, at the Biennial Symposium of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in Bangkok, Thailand, a group of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and speech-language therapists (SLTs) from around the world gathered to discuss ways of disseminating information about transgender voice and communication to clinicians interested in serving this underrepresented and misunderstood clinical population. The symposium participants also brainstormed ways of reaching out to students so they would have an increased awareness of this area of clinical service delivery. In order to address these goals, this article introduces transgender voice and communication with a focus on: (a) key terminology for practicing SLPs and SLTs, (b) the role of WPATH in voice and communication intervention, and (c) a group therapy program for people in the transgender community.

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