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Gender-Affirming Voice

  • Sarah L. PenzellEmail author
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Abstract

The field of transgender healthcare is rapidly expanding and evolving in many parts of the world. Medical practitioners and other providers working in transgender and gender-diverse services attempt to keep pace with the needs of those communities. For speech-language pathologists (SLPs), our role is critical in helping individuals align their voices and communication with their gender identity. The increasing demand for voice and communication services obligates our profession to increase the population of SLPs that are comfortable, competent, and prepared to provide services in this burgeoning practice area. This chapter on gender-affirming voice serves as an introduction to a variety of concepts for transgender and gender-expansive voice and communication services and how they may apply to pediatric/adolescent patients.

Keywords

Gender-affirming voice Transgender healthcare Speech-language and gender-affirming voice Gender terminology The World Professional Association for Transgender Health 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning, Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and DisordersNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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