June 27, 2016 | Sonja McLean, LCSW
I recently went through a Trauma Training with Heather Simonich presenting. I have seen this presentation many times but continually take away very useful information from it each time. For those of you who have not heard her speak, I would HIGHLY recommend it! For those of you that have, ENCOURAGE others to go!
Heather shared a very applicable article with attendees and I wanted to share it with you. Click the link to open the article: “Understanding and Coping with Sexual Behavior Problems in Children” from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It discusses what may be harmless curiosity and what may pose a risk to the child or others.
Per the article noted above, it is important to remember that sexual behavior problems:
Are not limited to any particular group of children
Occur in children across all age ranges, socioeconomic levels, cultures, living circumstances, and family structures.
Are not related to children’s sexual orientation.
Also according to the article, “children who receive treatment for their sexual behavior problems rarely commit sexual offenses or abuse as adults.” This is important to keep in mind–and shows how imperative proper treatment and education is!
If you would like to chat more on treatment options, youth developmental stages, or adoption issues, please give me a call or send an email through the website. I would be happy to help!