Gender affirming voice and communication training for clients (trans women, trans men, nonbinary) who wish to modify their voice. First, program is introduced to establish healthy vocal hygiene and correct voice production. Additionally, exercises are taught to safely alter specific areas of voice which communicate gender: resonance, pitch and intonation patterns. Coaching is offered also on nonverbal and spoken language characteristics, which also communicate one's gender expression. Therapist incorporates regular feedback from client in order to help guide them to find the sound that feels most in line with their personal identity (since everyone's gender journey is different, this treatment is very individualized).
Voice evaluation appointments are scheduled for an hour and a half to ensure adequate time to complete testing and address client concerns. Client will be provided with paperwork and participate in interview in order to complete thorough case history. Clinician will then conduct recordings for acoustic testing as well as baseline speech samples.
Additional assessment of spoken language and nonverbal communication will be included. Nonverbal communciation includes: posture, gait, gestures, facial expressions, physical presentation (hair, clothing), proxemics. Spoken language includes vocabulary, sentence structure and social use of language.
A personalized training plan will then be recommended to address needs of patient. Clients who show signs of voice disorder may be referred to ENT for additional testing to confirm diagnosis prior to initiating treatment. Vocal health and establishing correct voice production is crucial for obtaining client's desired sound.