The Transgender Teen

The Transgender Teen
A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens
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The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens


What do you do when your son announces he is transgender and asks that you call her by a new name? Or what if your child uses a term you’ve never heard of to describe themselves (neutrois, agender, non-binary, genderqueer, androgyne…) and when you didn’t know what they meant, they left the room and now won’t speak to you about it? Perhaps your daughter recently asked you not to use gendered pronouns when referring to ‘her’ anymore, preferring that you use “they”; you’re left wondering if this is just a phase, or if there’s something more that you need to understand about your child.

There is a generational divide in our understandings of gender. This comprehensive guidebook helps to bridge that divide by exploring the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising a teenager who may be transgender, non-binary, gender-fluid or otherwise gender-expansive. Combining years of experience working in the field with extensive research and personal interviews, the authors cover pressing concerns relating to physical and emotional development, social and school pressures, medical considerations, and family communications. Learn how parents can more deeply understand their children, and raise their non-binary or transgender adolescent with love and compassion.


“This book give parents the best resources to support their transgender teens. The information provided is nuanced, yet practical. It anticipates the readers’ questions, and addresses them with facts, depth, and insight. With the recognition that everyone has a gender and that more and more individuals are recognizing their own gender diversity, this book is of value to any parent and to all health care providers who care for teens.”

—Dr. Stephen Rosenthal, program director for Pediatric Endocrinology, director of the Endocrine Clinics, co-director of the Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) Clinic and co-founder of the Pediatric Diabetes Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Foreword by Dr. Norman Spack
CHAPTER 1: Is My Child Transgender'
CHAPTER 2: Family Acceptance: From Crisis to Empowerment
CHAPTER 3: Developmental Stages and the Transgender Child
CHAPTER 4: Start Where You Are: Moving from Damaging to Effective Parenting Practices
CHAPTER 5: Transition Decisions: When Should I Let My Child Live as Their Preferred Gender?
CHAPTER 6: Disclosure: Whom to Tell, How, Why, and When
CHAPTER 7: The Educational System and Your Family
CHAPTER 8: Medical Issues for Transgender Children
CHAPTER 9· Legal Issues to Consider
Appendix 1: Who Will Be Role Models for Our Children?
Appendix 2: Sample Doctor's Letters
About the Authors
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The Transgender Child

A Handbook for Families and Professionals
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals
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