The Norton Children’s Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Education (PAGE) program provides gender-affirming care for children, teens and young adults whose gender identity is different from their sex at birth (transgender) and those who don’t identify with the traditional definitions of male or female (gender diverse).
What To Expect With PAGE
PAGE specialists, pediatric endocrinologists, nurses, behavioral and mental health specialists, and social workers work with you and your child to create a care plan that meets your child where they are and where they’d like to go with their care. Children and teens who come to PAGE may receive:
- A medical interview, physical examination and care plan. Your child’s age, stage of physical development and desired treatments are considered when developing a care plan. We also help you and your child understand the risks and benefits of treatment, including costs.
- Mental health support and readiness discussion. Your child will be assessed by a behavioral health professional with experience in treating transgender and gender diverse individuals, which can include individual patient and family psychosocial interviews.
- Patient and family social support services, including a transgender support group, which meets on the third Tuesday of every month
- Care coordination:
- Nurses are available to help teach patients how to administer some treatments.
- Social worker guide patients with school and legal challenges (name changes for state and legal documents, letters of support for school, etc.).
What Does A PAGE Care Plan Include?
We provide care based on the latest research that is consistent with guidelines outlined by the Endocrine Society and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Care plan treatments are unique to each individual, depending on the needs and care goals.
Treatment may include:
- Birth control
- Gender-affirming hormone therapy
- Menstrual period control
- Puberty blockers
- Referrals to other pediatric specialists as needed and/or desired, including:
- Pediatric surgery
- Plastic surgery
- Speech/language pathology
What You Can Expect From Us
Norton Children’s, part of Norton Healthcare, is an inclusive health care provider. We believe every person has a right to the best health care experience and treatment options. If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ), it’s important to be open and honest with your medical provider so that we can work together to meet your health needs.
Norton Healthcare is taking steps to ensure our LGBTQ community can always expect the following when seeking medical care:
- Confidentiality: All patients want a safe, trusted environment in which to heal. Confidentiality means protection of identity, and personal and health information.
- Acceptance: Every patient is treated the same, regardless of differences. Acceptance fosters strong relationships that ensure patients feel safe and return for follow-up care. You may notice gender identity questions on your intake form. In an effort to be more inclusive, we are asking that all patients identify their preferred pronouns.
- Knowledgeable care: Health care providers understand the unique health needs of LGBTQ people and can recommend screenings and health advice to keep patients well.
Network of care: We offer an inclusive network of providers who understand the needs of the LGBTQ community and provide a safe space to seek care.