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Gender Development Program Support Services

Our Services

As school districts strive to include all students and celebrate diversity, a need for comprehensive gender inclusion on a systemic level has emerged. Schools and educators are working to support a growing population of transgender and gender diverse youth living as their affirmed gender identity. To address this, Lurie Children's and other collaborators created Model Administrative Procedures to guide schools as they navigate how to support gender inclusion, something that is important for all students: 

If you have questions regarding a young person’s rights at school or are interested in having us join conversations with school staff, contact tgncstudentsupport@luriechildrens.org 

We are also actively advocating for transgender and gender non-conforming youth in matters of public policy. View our policy statement.

The Gender & Sex Development Program at Lurie Children's Hospital hosts social groups for gender-expansive youth, as well as groups for the guardians of gender-expansive youth. Register here.

For more information contact Logan Pierce (He/Him/His) Program Assistant, Gender & Sex Development Program at LMPierce@luriechildrens.org. 

Play Group (ages 2-9)

  • When: In-person every 3rd Saturday of the month
  • Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Overview: Play Group aims to create a brave space that affirms transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive youth between the ages of 2 to 9 years old. This group comes together to encourage everyone to express themselves in whatever way feels most authentic to them.
  • We kindly ask that all guardians stay in attendance during Play Group

Pre-teen Group (ages 10-12)

  • When: In-person every 3rd Saturday of the month
  • Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Overview: Pre-teen Group was created to offer a brave space for transgender, nonbinary, gender-expansive youth, between the ages of 10 to 12 years old, to find a sense of community with one another, while participating in structured programming. This is the perfect group for youth who have aged out of Play Group and are looking for a group with a bit more independence!
  • Guardian participation is optional but strongly encouraged. All guardians must remain in the building during group.

Teen Group (ages 13-18) | Guardian Group (youth is 13+)

  • When: In-person every 3rd Tuesday of the month
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Overview: Teen Group was created to offer a brave space for tgnc youth between the ages of 13 to 18 years old to find a sense of community while participating in structured programming.This group runs in tandem with the Guardian Group, which takes place on a separate floor. It is kindly enforced that this is a “no guardian” zone once group activities begin.
  • Participation in Guardian Group is optional but strongly encouraged. All guardians must remain in the general neighborhood during group.

ParentWISE offers an opportunity for parents/caregivers from the program to connect with a trained volunteer who has first-hand experience in parenting a gender-diverse or transgender child.

We encourage parents/caregivers of established Gender Program patients to serve as volunteers to help support other parents.

View our flyer to learn more: English | Español

Legal Name & Gender Marker Change for Transgender Youth - Having a legal name or gender marker change can be an important step in the transition process for transgender youth. Because of this, Lurie Children’s has created a guide to help educate on the impact of legal name and gender marker changes for transgender and gender nonconforming youth.

Click here to learn more about selecting your gender marker on the U.S. Department of State's website.

Community mental health clinicians collaborating with our behavioral health team have the option to join our Gender-Affirming Clinician's Collaborative (GCC), a group of gender-affirming behavioral health providers in the Midwest that meet quarterly via conference call to discuss complex cases and obtain peer consultation. To find out more about the GCC or to request an application to join please contact Janay Joyce, LCSW at jjoyceward@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.3779.

Our Community Programs team provides a variety of hands-on supports for LGBTQ+ inclusion and creating welcoming and affirming gender inclusive environments. Learn more here.

Below view a list of vocal training providers in the Chicago area:

Lurie Children’s Speech Therapy Program
Specifically request a Gender Program Voice Evaluation

This program is only available to patients who are already being care for in the Gender Development Program. To request an appointment with our Gender Development Program, please call 1.800.KIDS.DOC (1.800.543.7362)

Diane Robinson
Chicago Voice Center
1263 W. Granville Avenue #3
Chicago, IL ,60660

Kate DeVore, M.A., CCC-SLP
Total Voice, Inc.
Voice · Speech · Healing Arts
Chicago, IL

The Voice Lab, Inc.
2017 W Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60618

Clarion Mendes
University of Illinois Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinic
Champaign, IL

Insurance accepted. Telehealth appointments available.

Nathan Waller- Northwestern Medicine
MS in Speech, Language, and Learning
Frances Searle Building
2240 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208