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          PLAYING What Parents Can Do To Support A Child’s Gender Identity

          What Parents Can Do To Support A Child’s Gender Identity

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          November 8, 2018

          Sexual identity, the gender assigned at birth, can be different than a person’s gender identity, the sense of identification a person feels inside. Typically, a person’s gender identity can start to be expressed as early as 3 years old, although it can change over the years. Sometimes, a child’s sexual identity and gender identity are different.

          According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, research suggests that accepting a child’s affirmed gender identity and expression can decrease the risk of future psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal behavior.

          The AACAP suggests doing the following to support a child’s gender identity:

          • · Use name and gender pronouns child prefers
          • · Allow child to play with toys, dress in clothes he/she chooses
          • · Stand up for child if people act disrespectful
          • · Prepare child for teasing, bullying — identify trusted adults
          • · Learn about school policies and laws, advocate for change
          • · Help make decisions about telling others
          • · Connect with other parents
          • · Seek out guidance early
          To learn more about transgender and gender diverse youth, visit the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

          Today’s Takeaway: Gender Identity and Sexual Identity


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