Problematic Sexual Behavior
Do you worry about what is normal in your child’s sexual development? Join us to talk with Roy Van Tassell, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma and Director of Trauma and Evidence-based Interventions for Centene Health. He co-chairs the National Child Traumatic Stress Networks’ subcommittee on children with problem sexual behaviors.
Warning: We will be using anatomically correct words and talking about sex, so if this offends you or triggers you, you may want to skip this podcast.
In this episode, we cover:
- Typical Sexual Development / Play
- What is typical sexual development in children as they age?
- What type of sexual play is considered “normal?”
- How should parents manage a child’s natural sexual development?
- Problematic Sexual Behavior
- What are Problem Sexual Behaviors in Children?
- What causes kids and youth to act in socially unacceptable or destructive sexual ways? What factors influence the development of these behaviors?
- Child vulnerabilities
- Behavior problems
- Emotional difficulties
- Developmental delays
- Low impulse control
- Family vulnerabilities
- Poor supervision
- Single caregiver
- Modeling of coercion
- Harsh parenting practices
- Physical abuse
- Domestic violence
- Modeling of sexuality
- Sexual abuse
- Nudity or poor family boundaries
- How common are problematic sexual behaviors?
- Suggestions for professionals and parents and how to respond to behaviors.
- What should parents and caregivers do?
- Rules for younger kids
- How effective is therapy?
- How to find a therapist?
- What training have they had in this area?
- Child development expertise (including sexual development)
- Taking Action booklets (two booklets) – for children with problematic sexual behaviors (age 12 and younger) and one for 13+
- Resources at the National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth – really good resources for caregivers and parents.
- National Center for Exploited Children—for kids to understand safety—teaching them safety skills to protect their own body
- Amaze.org—videos for children
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- A.J.’s Story— A Book About Not OK Touches
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Music Credit: Michael Ashworth
Podcast Producer: Megown SoundWorks
Image Credit: Norma Mortenson