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Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/Transsexual Client A Comprehensive Clinical Guide by Richard Kenneth Adler

Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/Transsexual Client A Comprehensive Clinical Guide


Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/Transsexual Client A Comprehensive Clinical Guide by Richard Kenneth Adler

This groundbreaking text, now in its second edition, is still the only book of its kind. It is the first resource for speech-language pathologists and voice clinicians who assist transgender/transsexual patients in developing authentic voices, language, and nonverbal communication congruous with their gender identification. This text guides clinicians who work with the transgender/transsexual population in designing and administering a mindful, focused, and efficient treatment plan. Outstanding features include thorough background information on history, sociology, psychology, and medical terminology relevant to this population and the overall role of the voice therapist and speech-language pathologist in the transition of a transgender client. Chapters cover each aspect of a communication training program, including case studies, summaries, appendices and an extensive bibliography. An accompanying Audio CD shows before and after communication therapy examples.The second edition includes: Two new chapters Contributions from two authors who have been through the transgender process and are also voice coaches A new focus on evidence-based data Updated references to the latest research Speech-language Pathologists, ENT physicians, and professors within the areas of singing, theatre, and voice disorders will find this text to be a necessary resource.


Mary Moody, MA, CCC-SLP, George Washington University, Doody's Review Service: This book provides a sound basis of current knowledge and treatment for the transgender/transsexual client population. It is a much-needed reference that includes the diverse aspects of the approach to treatment and serves well as the vanguard in this field...The approach is thorough, taking into consideration the whole client: medically, psychologically, linguistically, pragmatically, vocally. I know of no other book in the field that approaches this topic so thoroughly and completely...An excellent and much needed validating breakthrough. --------------------Barbara L. Blagnys, Norwich Primary Care Trust: This book represents a most useful resource for therapists working with this small, but complex client group. It provides a highly comprehensive approach to all aspects of therapy starting with a thorough examination of evidence-based practice principals to voice therapy, whilst acknowledging that the evidence for the effectiveness of voice therapy is generally weak. Although the authors have aimed the book at therapists who have developed some competencies in working with the TS/TG client, it is an excellent tool for those developing an interest in this field. The psychosocial and psychotherapy chapters consider in detail the social and psychological issues and how they interact with therapy. Standards of care and Treatment plans provide appropriate and achievable therapy goals with aspects of pitch, intonation, rate, volume, syntax, pragmatics and semantics being supported with useful graded therapy exercises. The chapter on Nonverbal Communication, Assessment and Training is a particularly valuable resource. The accompanying CD demonstrates useful therapy examples. Overall this book represents excellent value for money and although written with an American perspective, provides the therapist with a framework to plan effective treatment. [Refers to the First Edition] Doody Enterprises, Inc., (--): * * * * * Five stars from Doody's Review Service! [First Edition] ENT News, (September/October 2006): I am delighted to see this new publication, the first extensive clinical guide to voice and communication therapy for transgender / transsexual (TG/TS) clients - This book is well written and easily accessible - An abundance of treatment techniques and protocols make this a highly useful clinical resource. [Refers to First Edition]

About the Author

Richard Adler, Ph.D. Richard K. Adler is a professor of speech language hearing sciences at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN. He teaches courses in Voice Disorders, Neuroanatomy, Motor Speech Disorders, and Phonetics. His research interests include Transgender Voice and Communication Therapy, Professional Practices, and Gender Discrimination within the field of Speech Language Pathology. He is an active member of ASHA and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). He is the first speech-language pathologist appointed to the writing committee for the 7th Edition of the Standards of Care for WPATH. He will also be the United States representative to the first standing committee on Voice and Communication Issues for WPATH that will be in place later this year. Sandy Hirsch, M.S. Ms. Hirsch holds a B.A. in French and classics with a minor in music from the University of Lancaster, England and a M.S. in speech-language pathology from the University of Washington. She has been in private practice in Seattle since 1994 serving both business and clinical sectors. She has made voice and communication therapy with the transgender/transsexual population an important focus of her practice. Ms. Hirsch is also on staff at a Seattle Hospital. Prior to receiving her Masters' degree, Ms. Hirsch was a professional actress and singer. She continues to be active as an amateur classical and jazz singer. Ms. Hirsch also speaks French, German and serviceable Italian and Spanish. A marriage of performance, language, and clinical backgrounds gives her an unusually rich perspective on voice and communication training, as well as a deep understanding of diverse cultures and personalities. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons. Michelle Mordaunt, M.S. Michelle Mordaunt, M.S. holds a Master's degree from Purdue University, and has been a speech-language pathologist for fifteen years. She has worked primarily with adults in a variety of clinical and hospital settings. From 1995 until 2005, Ms. Mordaunt was the lecturer/clinical supervisor in the area of Voice and Voice Disorders at the University of Washington, Speech and Hearing Department in Seattle, Washington. While at the University of Washington, in addition to serving general voice and speech disorder clients, she developed a comprehensive voice and communication program for Transgender/Transsexual individuals. Ms. Mordaunt has made frequent presentations in the area of Transgender/Transsexual communication at American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) conventions. She also presented at the Washington State Speech and Hearing Association (WSHA) conference, and has presented at the Northwest Transgender/Transsexual Esprit conference on numerous occasions. Ms. Mordaunt's work at the University of Washington has been featured in the San Francisco Examiner, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Advance Magazine for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists. Her work in this area has also been recognized on National Public Radio (NPR -KUOW), and Northwest Evening Magazine, a television commentary program. Ms. Mordaunt is currently practicing in the Seattle area, where she is developing a private practice, while continuing to work in clinical and public sectors. Ms. Mordaunt lives in the Seattle area with her two sons.

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Publication date

31st May 2012


Richard Kenneth Adler

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Plural Publishing Inc


Mixed media product
Contains 1 Paperback and 1 CD-ROM
576 pages


Speech & language disorders & therapy



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