Beyond Voice Feminization: Total Communication

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Joy Musser, PhD, CCC-SLP & Leigh Ann Porter, MA CCC-SLP
Dr. Joy Musser has spent her SLP career focused on providing high quality voice therapy services. Within the last few years, Joy has been focused on reaching an under-served population in our field - transgender voice therapy. In this episode, Joy discusses the evolution of her private practice from providing all types of voice therapy to focusing solely on transgender voice therapy and now, having a waitlist for these services. Joy outlines the indirect communication techniques that are part of her therapy and recognizes that transgender voice therapy is more than just matching a pitch. Join us to learn more about this unique and under-served population and how the specialized training Speech & Language Pathologists complete makes us excellent candidates to provide quality transgender voice therapy.

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

  1. Identify 2 ways to be culturally sensitive when interacting with transgender and gender non-conforming persons.
  2. Describe 3 areas of communication involved in voice feminization therapy.
About Joy: Dr. Joy Musser, Ph.D. CCC-SLP is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist by the state of New York and holds her national certificate with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati and has over 18 years of clinical experience.  Musser Therapies, LLC and Musser Voice was formed in 2010 with the goal to provide quality voice therapy. Dr. Musser specializes in voice feminization for the transfemale population. In addition, she teaches voice disorders and related course work online for several universities across the country.

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:

1-10: Welcome and Background: Joy’s “patchwork quilt” SLP career

10-17: Path to private practice development to provide voice feminization services.

17-29: Voice feminization therapy topics: transitioning on a spectrum, and cultural sensitivity/awareness.

29-43: Indirect communication techniques & gender differences

43-47: Additional resources to explore

47-53: Advice for clinicians
53-60: Q&A

Disclosure Statement for Leigh Ann Porter:

Financial: Leigh Ann Porter is a presenter for and receives royalties. Marisha is the Founder of SLP Now

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Joy Musser:

Financial: Joy Musser is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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