Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
122 - We Wrote a Book: When Kids Say They're Trans | A Guide for Thoughtful Parents

122 - We Wrote a Book: When Kids Say They're Trans | A Guide for Thoughtful Parents


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There are so many books available for parents who want to help their kids transition, right? Of course there's no shortage of affirmative guidebooks for parents. But there are very few books written for parents about how to actually encourage critical thinking, how to slow down, exercise caution about the medical interventions and focus on developmental health first. Family dynamics and attachment are each key variables that are important not to neglect. Sasha and Stella joined forces with Lisa Marchiano to write "When Kids Say They're Trans: A Guide for Thoughtful Parents" because they wanted to give parents a different type of guidebook and resource.

In this episode, Sasha and Stella share a little bit about the book and the robust and comprehensive insights it yields. They discuss how it’s meant to be a practical guide, offering strategies to help parents reconnect with their instincts, orienting them towards reconnecting with their child in effective ways. They touch on the cultural influences on the perceptions of what “trans” is and what it means and how it can impact children differently in different stages of life, so no matter what your situation (young children, teens, young adults), there will be something that resonates for you. 

ROGD and social contagion, sexuality, queer theory, pornography, social transition, medical transition, real life stories from parents, informative side bars from field experts and researchers, sample dialogue for communicating with school professionals, family dynamics, managing conflict, self-care for parents, desistance and detransition, growth & development…they briefly touch on each chapter, covering so many important concepts. And they even suggest the value this book has to offer to the different kinds of professionals encountering gender expansive kids. So while it was written specifically for parents, therapists, teachers, school counselors, and the many other kinds of professionals impacted by gender are encouraged to consider reading it too.


When Kids Say They're Trans: A Guide for Parents

GETA Directory 

Beyond Trans Directory 

Open Therapy Institute 

What Could a Name Change Represent for Your Gender-Questioning Teen?

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If you liked this episode, more episodes you might find interesting:

Episode 54 — Finding a Therapist for Your Gender-Questioning Teen: A Conversation W/ Lisa Marchiano
Episode 96 — Official Launch: Clinical Guide for Therapists Working with Gender-Questioning Youth
Episode 103 — Follow the Gender-brick Road: from Bi to Pan to Trans
Episode 107 — What Your Teen is Trying to Tell You
Episode 110 — Pathologizing Normal: The Lure of Identity Labels & Diagnoses
Episode 111 — Affirmation Therapy: Necessary, But Not Sufficient

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Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
Therapists Stella O’Malley and Sasha Ayad explore diverse perspectives through a psychological lens, fostering open dialogue on gender identity, transition, and the transgender umbrella. Their work with gender dysphoric clients and unique experiences yield an informed outlook delving into gender's psychological nuances. Interviews with clinicians, academics, transgender individuals, parents, detransitioners, and others touched by gender provide varied insights and intimate inquiry into the taboo yet relevant topic.