Lectures and seminars Guestseminar: Clara Leyns
Effectiveness of speech therapy for transgender women
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PhD Student Clara Leyns
Center for Speech and Language Sciences (CESLAS),
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences,
Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
For transgender women, communication and speech characteristics might not be congruent with their gender expressions. This can have a major influence on their psychosocial functioning. Higher quality of life scores were observed the more their voice was perceived as feminine. Speech language pathologists may play an important role in this, as the gender affirming hormone treatment for transgender women does not affect the voice. Speech feminization for transgender women generally focuses on speech characteristics that contribute the most to female gender perception, such as pitch and resonance, but also intonation.
Firstly, this research seminar provides an overview of the existing literature concerning the effects of speech therapy in transgender women through a systematic review. Secondly, results of a RCT for speech feminization will be shared. Thirdly, an introduction will be given to the prosody protocol, a measurement tool for intonation patterns.
Leyns, C., Papeleu, T., Tomassen, P., T’Sjoen, G., & D’haeseleer, E. (2021). Effects of speech therapy for transgender women: A systematic review. International Journal of Transgender Health, 22(4), 360-380.
Leyns, C., Papeleu, T., Feryn, T., De Baer, S., Bettens, K., Corthals, P., & D'haeseleer, E. (2022). Age and Gender Differences in Belgian Dutch Intonation. Journal of Voice. Jan 22;S0892-1997(21)00432-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2021.12.011.
Leyns, C., Corthals, P., Cosyns, M., Papeleu, T., Van Borsel, J., Morsomme, D., ... & D'haeseleer, E. (2021). Acoustic and perceptual effects of articulation exercises in transgender women. Journal of Voice. Aug 9;S0892-1997(21)00242-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2021.06.033.