Gender Affirmative Voice and Communication: a Pediatric Focus

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Gender Affirmative Voice and Communication: a Pediatric Focus

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  • Gender Affirmative Voice and Communication: a Pediatric Focus
    March 20, 2020
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Delaware Speech-Language-Hearing Association Presents:

Gender Affirmative Voice and Communication: a Pediatric Focus

Presented by:  Wendy Vastine, CCC-SLP

Date:  Friday, March 20th, 2020

Course Description
This day-long workshop will examine evidence-based practice for working with the transgender and gender expansive individuals. As it will include a strong foundation in “cultural humility” when working with this population it will be relevant to Speech-Language Pathologists in all areas., though this workshop will include a special focus on pediatric work and implications for the school-based SLP. It will cover the primary target areas for voice and communication training, with examples of clinical techniques and a review of the evidence.

Course Objectives
At the conclusion of the day, the participant will be able to:

1) Understand and use appropriate terminology with the transgender and gender expansive community

2) Identify the several forms of discrimination transgender/gender expansive individuals experience

3) Name the primary target areas for gender affirmative voice and communication training

4) Understand the current status and limitations of the evidence for the target areas

Speaker Biographical Sketch
Wendy Vastine (they/them), CCC-SLP has been working with the voice – both speaking and singing – in the trans and/or non-binary community for over a decade. They have presented at numerous conferences, lectured in multiple universities, and they have taught and performed nationally and internationally. Wendy holds an MA in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Pittsburgh, and a vocology certification from the National Center for Voice Science, and a BFA in theatre from New York University: Tisch School of the Arts. One of their projects most dear to their heart is that of a peer-based training, which involves training other members of the trans and non-binary community to teach within the community. They are currently living and practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

DISCLOSURE: Wendy Vastine will receive financial compensation for their presentation to DSHA. They have disclosed a non-financial relationship as a member of the transgender community.

The DSHA conference committee members have no financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Location:  This conference will be available in a webinar format, as of March 12, 2020

Attendance Fees (Registration is limited and is not complete without payment!)
DSHA Member: ($80 for webinar)
Life/Student Member: ($70.00 for webinar)
Parent: ($80.00 for webinar)
Non-member Professional: ($80.00 for webinar)

Register online at, or if you prefer, click here to print a brochure and mail in your payment.

Program Information Schedule
9:00 to 10:15 Topic: Terminology, Transition, and Cultural Humility
10:15 to 10:30 Break
10:30 to 12:00 Topic: Target areas overview, Pitch & Resonance
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch
1:00 to 2:15 Topic: Articulation, Non-verbals, and other target areas
2:15 to 2:30 Break
2:30 to 4:00 Topic: Classroom / Office Accessibility, Assessment & Discharge

Continuing Education Units
An annual ASHA CE Registry fee is required to register for ASHA CEUs. Contact the ASHA CE Division (1-800-498-2071 ext. 4219) for CE Registry fee subscription information.

This program will be offered for 6 CEUs (Clinical Skills) for Delaware licensure through the Delaware Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and for 0.6 ASHA CEUs

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