Some children strongly identify with peers of the opposite sex or may be drawn to clothing and activities less typically associated with their assigned sex at birth. Others may be exploring their gender or sexual identity or seeking to understand the sexual or gender identity of their parents or siblings.
The Gender and Sexuality Service at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, provides gender-affirming services for transgender and gender nonconforming children, adolescents, and adults.
We help youth experiencing sexual or gender identity issues and provide assessments for puberty suppression and cross-gendered hormone treatments. We also address the psychosocial aspects of gender and sexual development, as well as disorders of sex development, also known as intersex conditions or congenital genital variations, and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Services for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth
Gender-affirming care involves access to medical and mental health services that align with an individual’s gender identity. The Gender and Sexuality Service promotes mental health and wellness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals. Our experts work with gender nonconforming and transgender youth and their families to provide assessments for puberty suppression as well as gender-affirming hormone treatments.
Specific treatment goals are tailored to individuals. They generally focus on supporting the child’s exploration of his or her identity, increasing resilience, and building family and peer support. Treatment goals address self-esteem, school stress, friendships, and family relationships, with an emphasis on building adaptive strategies and coping skills and reducing stigma and bias.
Our team offers evaluations, individual and group therapy, and access to a variety of gender-affirming services through our community partnerships, and follows the standards of care guidelines set forth by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. If you are a candidate for gender-affirming surgery, we work with you and your health insurer to obtain approvals for presurgical and surgical procedures.
Our team works together to tailor an individual treatment plan for you, which may include mental health services, surgery, hormone therapy, or reproductive health care.