This introductory presentation covers information about sexual development and behavior in children across their ages and stages. Each developmental stage will be explored, including common grooming behaviors that occur during sexual abuse. A developmental perspective will guide discussion about normative and concerning sexual behaviors during childhood. Case examples will be discussed and evaluated using interactive audience response. The medical examination will be reviewed according to the age of the child. Basic strategies for responding to problematic sexual behaviors (PSB) will also be shared, along with guidelines for determining if treatment services would be beneficial for a child and family.
Explain basic information regarding child sexual abuse and how each child is affected differently depending on their stage of development
Review the medical evaluation and how to make the process more comfortable for the child and explore typical sexual contacts at each developmental stage
Discuss normative and concerning child sexual behaviors at each developmental stage and differentiate problematic sexual behavior from developmentally expected sexual behavior