Sandy Hirsch, MS CCC

Sandy Hirsch, MS CCC-SLP has been a voice clinician and speech/language pathologist since 1989 and has over 20 years of experience in working with transgender people. She brings a unique blend of her prior career in acting, knowledge of languages, travel and voice to her work as a voice and communication therapist. Her presentations never fail to stimulate, energize, amuse and inspire thoughts and questions about the meaning of real communication and overall authenticity as a woman.

Sandy has been a regular presenter at the Esprit conference in Port Angeles, WA since 2000. She has also been an invited presenter at the American Speech, Hearing Association annual National Convention, the International Transgender Conference in London the Northwest Voice Foundation in Seattle, WA and the University of Washington. In addition, Sandy has taught workshops nationally to clinicians interested in working with transgender clients.

Sandy holds a B.A. in French and Classics with a minor in music (1981, University of Lancaster, England) and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (1989, University of Washington). Prior to receiving her masters, she was a professional actress and singer. She continues to be active as an amateur classical and jazz singer. Sandy speaks French, German and serviceable Italian and Spanish. A marriage of performance, voice, language and clinical backgrounds gives her an unusually rich perspective on voice and communication training, as well as a deep understanding of diverse cultures and personalities. She is co-author and editor of Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/Transsexual Client: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide, Plural Publishing, March, 2006. The second edition is due to be released in the Spring of 2012.

Sandy is a current Certified Member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), the Washington Speech and Hearing Association (WSHA), The Voice Foundation and the Northwest Chapter of The Voice Foundation.

Information regarding her services can be found at http://www.givevoice.com. She may be reached at shirsch58@gmail.com or 206.718.4387.

Come on Now, Will I Really Sound Like a Woman?

This will be a primer on how to make feminine voice and communication real, and present some examples of before and after voices/cases and how they were achieved. It will include some secrets of girl talk as well, of course! The presentation will be part lecture, part participation. Intended audience is MTF TG/TS women. Experience in being out helps, but is not expected. Coming with an open mind and a sense of humor is very helpful.

ESPRIT, ESPRIT GALA and ESPRIT 2013 relate only to the yearly transgender conference
held in Port Angeles, WA. The conference and organization is not associated or connected
with the global apparel company Esprit or its marks.

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