At times, people may want to change the way they talk and sound. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can help with these changes ASHA (Americal Professional Body for Speech Pathologists (Therapists)
Voice and Communication Change for Transgender People
Your Style & Identity as a Communicator. Self-identity as a communicator is incredibly important. Our voice is part of our personality. You may feel your voice does not match your gender identity and want to change how your voice sounds and your style of speaking. There are ways to help achieve this change with therapy and practice over time.
Voice and Communication Therapy begins with an informal conversation and then a more in depth conversation/interview. Goal areas usually include wider communication skills as well as how your voice sounds. This is about changing your communicative identity and ‘style’ as a communicator (including body language).
Communication Assessment will look at pitch and range, the style of your speech and non verbal communication.
The following are some of the things about your voice that you may work on in therapy:
- Rhythmic pattern of speech
- Rate (speed of talking)
- Nonverbal vocal sounds like coughing or laughing
You may also work on other ‘pragmatic’ areas of communication, such as the following:
- Choosing words and phrases
- How you combine words together and gender related differences
- How you communicate using body language
This is your therapy, supporting you in developing your own unique style as a communicator to link with your gender expression and identity.