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This book is written for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who are guiding transgender and gender-diverse people through communication transformations. It follows a chronological progression, acknowledging all gender presentations throughout. The authors emphasize a client-centered process through case examples illustrating each step.
The first section, “Start Smart,” begins with a chapter about developing and monitoring the provider’s self-awareness and closes with (a) practical considerations for working with marginalized populations and (b) ways to mitigate barriers to their accessing care. Service delivery models for five types of settings are described by practicing SLPs who have developed successful programs.
The second section, “Press On,” guides the provider through the best-practice standards. The authors tailor the procedures and forms to each client’s circumstances and needs and extend the assessment beyond basic vocal function. Three chapters highlight the importance of (a) taking time to establish a collaborative, informed, evidence-based plan and (b) preparing the client’s body and mind before launching into direct voice work. The book provides stimuli lists, photographs, and figures to assist the client’s practice.
The final section, “Finish Strong,” offers several real case examples of the more unique challenges in this process. Five essays written by gender-diverse people end the book on an inspirational note.
300 pages, softcover, companion website
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