Trans and Gender-Diverse Voice and Communication Therapy

Trans and Gender-Diverse Voice and Communication Therapy Competency Framework

If you have any feedback on the Trans and Gender-Diverse Voice and Communication Therapy Competency Framework, please email gemma.holmes@rcslt.org.

 

New online guidance out for consultation 

 

We have with the National Transgender Voice and Communication Therapy Clinical Excellence Network developed new online information on the role of speech and language therapy in Trans and Gender-Diverse Voice and Communication Therapy.

We are now inviting members to take part in the consultation and reviewing of guidance. The consultation takes place until Monday 11th June. If you are interested in taking part please email gemma.holmes@rcslt.org

The role of speech and language therapy in supporting trans and gender diverse people

An individual’s voice is central to their identity - it is how they communicate with their family, friends, work colleagues and wider society. 

As part of a multidisciplinary team (MDT), speech and language therapists (SLTs), with the appropriate skills have a key role to play in ensuring the best possible outcomes for trans and gender diverse people. 

SLTs provide voice and communication assessment and therapy for trans and gender diverse individuals to explore, discover and sustain their authentic voice and communication which fits with their sense of self. 

Voice and Communication Therapy  (Adler, Hirsch & Mordaunt, 2012; Mills & Stoneham, 2017) (also known as voice modification, including voice masculinisation, voice feminisation, voice neutralisation) facilitate vocal and communication pattern changes which forms part of the psychosocial intervention within the care pathway for treating gender dysphoria.

Voice and Communication Therapy can help to reduce distress related to gender dysphoria, which can cause a significant lack of confidence and social participation. It can also help reduce the occurrence of transphobia and being misgendered. 

Examples include: people being vocally misgendered on the telephone; being ridiculed and discounted in or excluded from social or workplace contexts due to listener expectation, bias, or prejudice. 

 

Networks

If you would like to contact an adviser in this area, please contact info@rcslt.org.

Contact the National Transgender Voice and Communication Therapy Clinical Excellence Network





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