A new app is giving transgender women access to voice feminisation at the touch of button.
The Christella VoiceUp app ensures that trans women, who are having difficulty accessing an experienced speech and language therapist, can now get one-to-one tuition via their mobile.
The app gives users access to almost two hours of audio and video therapy lessons with Antoni, in which she walks them through each of her four core voice techniques at beginner, intermediate and advanced level. The user can also track their progress through the voice analysis software.
As the number of transgender patients accessing NHS treatment to support their transition continues to rise, so will the demand for speech therapy, which is listed as a core treatment procedure.
Patients often cite authentic voice modification as the most important aspect of transition, as it allows for effective social functioning and assists in reducing discrimination.
The app was created by Christella Antoni, a consultant speech and language therapist who has been helping transgender women with voice feminisation for 20 years. She teamed up with Speech Tools, a specialist in the development in speech therapy apps, to launch the new app.
Speaking about the app, Antoni said, “One of the key barriers to acceptance, particularly for male to female patients, is voice.”
“Our app has been designed to provide instant access to tried and tested techniques used daily in my clinic.”
Sam Brady, specialist speech and language therapist and founder of Speech Tools said, “The rapid increase in transgender individuals seeking treatment has led to a huge rise in demand for specialist speech therapy and this has had a knock on effect in increasing waiting times.”
“The app gives people a clear structured voice therapy program to follow and the ability to measure change in pitch over time.”
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