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Intimate self-touch and masturbation can pose many difficulties for people with learning disabilities and/or on the autistic spectrum, particularly when it happens in public settings. This frank and thorough guide looks at societal, cultural and religious views of masturbation, how teens develop into sexual beings, the right to be sexual, how to masturbate, appropriate public and private behaviour, professional responsibilities and boundaries, and legal aspects of this topic. It also contains good practice responses providing examples of the issues and solutions in action.

Reviews

This is an excellent and much needed resource for both professionals and carers. It combines a perfect balance of information and practical advice/exercises which will enable readers to feel confident in tackling this important topic.
Dr Claire Bates, Supported Loving Leader
An outstanding read for anyone involved in 'Relationships and Sex Education'. Mel Gadd uses a clear and easy writing style to concisely illuminate every aspect of masturbation in relation to Autism and Learning Disabilities. She covers the full range of issues including 'Right/responsibilities', 'The Law' and 'Practical Teaching Sessions'. Her years of experience and exhaustive knowledge, combined with a grounded approach and natural humour, has produced an invaluable resource for professionals, carers and parents.
Jez Shea, Learning Disability Nurse and University Lecturer with over 20 years’ experience working in ‘Relationships and Sex Education’ for people with learning disabilities.