For those close enough (or willing to travel) Dr. Hawkins with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is GREAT! R and I saw her yesterday and immediately R was at ease in talking to her. She obviously feels strongly that R isn’t just experimenting and this isn’t “just a phase”. Dr. Hawkins is referring us to an Endocrinologist and asking the PCP to order a few tests to determine where R is with puberty so we better know when blockers should be started.
Between speaking to me and speaking to R she feels there is consistent and persistent feelings. She will (obviously) meet with us more but as R has been expressing this since such a young age she feels this is the right direction for R ‘ s needs.
She will also refer us to a therapist closer to home (she refers out to 3 in our home state) to help guide R through social transitioning at school and with family.
Dr. Linda Hawkins
3550 Market St
Barbara is the one who gets all the information for your child to get them into the system and get insurance approval:
I am also seriously considering (in a few years) going back to school to become an advocate for the LGBTQ/IA kids. Not all parents give the unconditional love. While counseling the kids is admirable, your hands are tied in actually DOING for them. As an advocate I could do so much more!