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Finding Their Voice: Speech Clinic Helps Transgender Clients

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    Speech pathologists at the University of Connecticut are helping transgender clients make a more successful transition.

    The school's Speech and Hearing Clinic offers speech therapy to teach transgender people how to develop a voice that matches the sex they identify with.

    Clients spend about an hour a week in group sessions and another 90 minutes in one-on-one work with speech and language pathologists.

    Clinic director Wendy Chase said it's more involved than simply changing a voice's pitch. She said clients work on everything from resonance to delivery to hand gestures.

    Sylvia Wojcik has spent several years in therapy at UConn and elsewhere. She says she felt a sense of validation the first time someone identified her on the phone as a woman.