Voice and Communication Change for Transgender People
At times, people may want to change the way they talk and sound. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can help with these changes.
If you are transgender, you may want change the way you speak. You may choose to have voice and communication therapy to help make these changes.
You may want to change the way you sound and speak so that your voice more closely matches your gender expression. There are different options that may help you with this.
Surgery and hormone treatment may change how your voice sounds. You may also choose to have voice and communication therapy with an SLP. Goals for this treatment would be working on not only your voice, but also your overall communication. The SLP will listen to your vocal pitch, or how high or deep your voice sounds.
The SLP will also listen to the words you use and watch how you communicate nonverbally.
If you try to change your voice on your own, you could hurt it. You can end up sounding raspy or losing your voice. The SLP will help you stop behaviors that may hurt your voice and teach you safer ways to speak.
The following are some of the things about your voice that you may work on in therapy:
- Pitch, or how high or low your voice sounds
- Resonance, or the quality of the sound of your voice
- Intonation, or the rhythm of your speech
- Rate, or how fast or slowly you speak
- Volume, or how loudly you speak
- Nonverbal sounds, such as coughing or laughing
You may also work on other areas of communication, such as the following:
- Language, or the words you use
- Speech sound production, or how clearly you say sounds
- Pragmatics, or the social rules of communication
It can take some time to change your voice and the way you talk with others. SLPs can help you make the changes that help you feel good about the way you communicate.
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