Building a Transgender Voice Therapy Clinic

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Leigh Ann Porter, MA, CCC-SLP and Lynn Hawk, MA, CCC-SLP

Lynn Hawk’s Voice and Swallow Clinic was approached by an OB-GYN to build a program that would provide high quality transgender voice therapy. Lynn outlines the steps she and her SLP colleagues undertook to build a program from scratch to meet a rising need in our scope of practice. Lynn discusses the CEUs and expert providers her clinic relied on to learn foundational skills, such as the concept of meta-therapy, prior to rolling out the new program.


By the conclusion of this Podcourse, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify a crucial element of establishing a transgender voice clinic.
  2. Describe 1 special consideration for a transgender voice evaluation.
  3. Discuss an application of meta-therapy to transgender voice treatment.
About Lynn: Lynn Hawk is a speech pathologist specializing in voice and swallow within the department of otolaryngology at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas.  Lynn started working at the KU Voice and Swallow Center shortly after finishing grad school and has been with the department for a little over seven years.  Lynn's case load is split between voice, swallow, and head and neck cancer. Lynn has enjoyed the opportunity to complete a variety of in-depth CEUs and trainings in each aforementioned area of practice.

About Leigh Ann: Leigh Ann earned her master’s in Communication Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2013, and has enjoyed being an SLP ever since. While at UCF, Leigh Ann was part of a grant to prepare SLPs to work with English Language Learners, earning a graduate certificate of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Leigh Ann now resides in Kansas City where she divides her time working across outpatient, acute, and inpatient rehab settings. She has presented for ASHA CEUs to regional SLPs on topics such as how the respiratory system and cough influence dysphagia, a review of the literature on dysphagia exercises, and generating measurable dysphagia goals. For multidisciplinary continuing education with PTs and OTs, Leigh Ann has presented on topics such as Cognitive Retraining with an emphasis on memory strategies, and the SLP’s scope of practice & making appropriate patient referrals to the SLP. 
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:

1-5: Introduction 

6-15: Establishing a transgender clinic.

15-20: Special considerations for transgender voice evaluation.

20-45: Meta-therapy; what therapy is and isn’t for the transgender patient, and knowing when to discharge a patient from services.

45-50: Best/worst aspects of providing transgender voice therapy using best practices. 

50-60: Question and Answer

Disclosure Statement for Leigh Ann Porter:

Financial: Leigh Ann Porter is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Lynn Hawk:

Financial: Lynn Hawk is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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