Combining Voice, Speech Science and Art Approaches to Resonant Challenges in Transgender Voice and Communication Training It is our professional and ethical responsibility to seek to increase consistent efficiency and relevance in order to provide healthy, satisfying, sustainable outcomes that are reproducible to the highest percentage of clients and patients. This is no less true when serving transgender and gender-nonconforming clients who come to us to ... Article
Article  |   October 12, 2017
Combining Voice, Speech Science and Art Approaches to Resonant Challenges in Transgender Voice and Communication Training
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  • Sandy Hirsch
    Give Voice, Seattle, WA
    Bellevue School District, Bellevue, WA
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Acoustics / Special Populations / Transgender / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Part 2
Article   |   October 12, 2017
Combining Voice, Speech Science and Art Approaches to Resonant Challenges in Transgender Voice and Communication Training
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2017, Vol. 2, 74-82. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG10.74
History: Received January 10, 2017 , Revised March 23, 2017 , Accepted May 3, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2017, Vol. 2, 74-82. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG10.74
History: Received January 10, 2017; Revised March 23, 2017; Accepted May 3, 2017

It is our professional and ethical responsibility to seek to increase consistent efficiency and relevance in order to provide healthy, satisfying, sustainable outcomes that are reproducible to the highest percentage of clients and patients. This is no less true when serving transgender and gender-nonconforming clients who come to us to align their communication with their gender identity. In the past decade or more, there has been a growing acceptance and body of transgender voice and communication research and literature that supports the understanding that pitch modification alone is not an adequate therapy focus in order to confidently change the auditory perception of gender. This paper presents a resonance training approach, Acoustic Assumptions, that the author has developed over the past decade. The program has its basis in speech and voice science as well as performance voice. It provides a systematic method by which clients can understand certain resonance challenges and how to solve them as they simultaneously work on modifying pitch, and developing inflectional patterns in order to align their communication with their gender identity. As yet, there has been no formal research developed using this program. It is the intention of the author to collaborate with researchers to investigate the evidence basis for positive outcomes that are heretofore subjective and anecdotal.

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