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What is Gender Nonconforming

The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings
A broad term referring to people who do not conform to the traditional expectations of their gender, or whose gender expression does not fit neatly into a category. While many also identify as transgender, not all gender non-conforming people do. The term Gender Expansive and Gender Creative can also be used in place of Gender Nonconforming.
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Transgender and Gender Expansive
Adrianna Ortega (Caterpillar Child Life, USA) and Christy French (Cohen Children's Medical Center, USA)
Copyright: © 2023 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5097-0.ch014
This chapter focuses on using the child life competencies to support transgender/gender expansive children and their families. The chapter highlights challenges families face and addresses the important support they need, helping families identify coping skills and model peer interactions related to gender identity. Additionally, it is intended to provide child life specialists with foundational knowledge about gender identity which will guide and influence their work when they support children who are transgender or gender expansive.
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