Transgender/Gender diverse Voice Therapy

Gender-Affirming Voice and Communication Change for Transgender and Gender-Diverse People

An individual’s voice is a central part of their identity and sometimes people may want to change the way they talk and sound.

You may feel that your voice does not represent who you are.

You may want to change the way you speak so that your voice or communication style is more aligned with your gender.

Working with a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) can help you explore the ways your voice and communication can represent you and how you express yourself across different settings. The SLT will also talk to you about overall vocal health, which is important for anyone using their voice in new ways.

Some people may also choose to have surgery and/or hormone treatment, which may change how their voice sounds. SLTs can help train your voice before and after surgery or treatment, to restore your vocal health and meet your voice goals.

The following are some of the areas you may choose to work on with the SLT:

  • pitch, or how high or low your voice sounds
  • intonation, or the rise and fall of pitch in your voice
  • the rhythm of your speech
  • rate, or how fast or slow you speak
  • volume, or how loudly you speak
  • nonverbal communication, such as your body language and facial expressions
  • language, or the words you use
  • speech sound production, or how you say sounds
  • pragmatics, or the social rules of communication, such as how to adjust your voice for different situations, how to express different emotions, and how to express yourself across different languages and cultural situations

It can take some time to change your voice and the way you talk with others. SLTs can help you communicate in a way that feels authentic.

From: https://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/voice-and-communication-change-for-transgender-people/

A helpful Irish website which you may find useful is: www.teni.ie

CATTS’s SLTs have completed additional training in this emerging therapy area of Gender-Affirming Voice and Communication Change for Transgender and Gender-Diverse People. All sessions are conducted via Zoom, in the privacy of your own home or other quiet space. If you want to know more, and book a consultation, please complete the form below. Thank you.

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