Service Delivery and the Challenges of Providing Service to People Who Are Transgender An increasing number of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are working with individuals who are transgender (TG) and gender diverse people. This trend likely reflects a growing number of TG and gender diverse patients seeking treatment. Whilst voice and communication outcomes can be highly satisfying for both the client and the therapist, ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2015
Service Delivery and the Challenges of Providing Service to People Who Are Transgender
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  • Christella Antoni
    Consultant Speech & Language Therapist (Voice), The Gender Identity Clinic, West London Mental Health Trust, Independent Practice, London, UK
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Special Populations / Transgender / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2015
Service Delivery and the Challenges of Providing Service to People Who Are Transgender
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2015, Vol. 25, 59-65. doi:10.1044/vvd25.2.59
History: Received December 8, 2014 , Revised April 14, 2015 , Accepted April 14, 2015
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2015, Vol. 25, 59-65. doi:10.1044/vvd25.2.59
History: Received December 8, 2014; Revised April 14, 2015; Accepted April 14, 2015

An increasing number of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are working with individuals who are transgender (TG) and gender diverse people. This trend likely reflects a growing number of TG and gender diverse patients seeking treatment. Whilst voice and communication outcomes can be highly satisfying for both the client and the therapist, there can be many challenges associated with service delivery to the transgender population. This article will discuss the challenges for SLPs, both in public state-funded health care systems, and clinicians in private practice. This discussion is informed by my 15 years of clinical experience in both systems and by recent developments in the field of TG voice and communication work.

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