It can be hard to tell the difference between “normal” sexual behaviors and behaviors that are signs that a child may be developing a problem. • Having knowledge of specific sexual acts or explicit sexual language.
Sexual play that is more typical or expected in children will more often have the following traits: Will have questions and express knowledge relating to: • differences in gender, private body parts, • hygiene and toileting, • pregnancy and birth. • Engaging in adult-like sexual contact with other children.
This is particularly common in adolescent boys attempting to touch a woman’s breast.They may peek when family members are in the bathroom or changing clothes or try to listen outside the bedroom.They may look at magazines, books, videos, and on the internet.Self stimulation in private is expected to continue.Adult-like sexual interactions, Having knowledge of specific sexual acts, Behaving sexually in a public place or through the use of phone or internet technology.No one wants to deny their child a life full of love and experiences, but sometimes it is the only choice available.“Informed consent” between two adults is the generally accepted measure of whether a sexual activity is appropriate.Neuro-Typical (NT) children just aren’t caught doing it.Children with autism have no inhibitions, because they are unaware of the social taboo against masturbating in public.Hormonal changes and external influences, such as peers, media and Internet, will increase sexual awareness, feelings and interest at the onset of puberty.Will need knowledge and have questions about • Sexual materials and information, • Relationships and sexual behavior, • Using sexual words and discussing sexual acts and personal values, particularly with peers.