Join us for “Introduction to Gender-Affirming Voice Training” on Zoom. This virtual event is free and open to all trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive community members. You do not have to be a patient of Thundermist to attend.
What is voice training? Voice training is guided vocal exercises to help trans people find ways to change their voice and speech patterns to better reflect their gender identity.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 (6-7pm)*
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 (6-7pm)*
*Both sessions will cover the same content. If you’re not able to attend either date, the workshop will be recorded for later viewing.
Have questions? Email TransHealth@ThundermistHealth.org
Hosted by Thundermist’s Trans Health Access Team in collaboration with the University of Rhode Island Speech and Hearing Center.
Voice training can be pursued by trans people of all gender identities and at any stage of one’s own gender affirmation. This program offers voice and communication training for transgender individuals who want to modify their communication behaviors to be more gender congruent or gender-affirming. This training includes an assessment of pitch, intonation, vocal loudness, and current satisfaction with voice and speech. Training goals will be based on evaluation results and individual goals and will include a combination of individual and group training sessions.
Dr. Mahler leads a free, ongoing voice training clinic for trans community members. The next session for in-person voice training will begin on May 24 (with orientation on May 23). This event will serve as an introduction to voice training for community members who may be curious to know what voice training entails, and how the training sessions through the clinic are structured.
Leslie Mahler graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a dual doctoral degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and Neuroscience in 2006. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder, 1975; a master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of the Pacific – Stockton, CA, 1977; and a Master of Business Administration from Drake University in Des Moines, IA, 1987. Dr. Mahler joined the faculty in Communicative Disorders at URI in 2007. She has over 30 years of clinical experience in evaluation, diagnosis and treatment primarily of adults diagnosed with voice and motor speech disorders working in a variety of medical settings prior to earning her PhD. Dr. Mahler is actively involved in clinical research at URI investigating the efficacy of voice and speech treatment for adults with neurological disorders and transgender voice training. She is the principal investigator and Coordinator of the Trans Voice Clinic at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Speech and Hearing Center.