Supported Loving toolkit


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The following toolkit page explores the topic of masturbation and how to effectively support an individual to engage in this activity, safely and legally.


Masturbation, Autism and Learning Disabilities: A guide for parents and professionals

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 and examples of the issues and solutions in action. Available here.

Sexuality and Learning Disabilities (2nd edition)

Sexuality and Learning Disabilities (2nd edition) is a handbook intended to guide anyone working with people with learning disabilities.

Talking Together About Growing Up: A Workbook for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

A PDF copy of the bestselling, Talking Together About Growing Up, resource for young people with learning disabilities.

All about us

All About Us from the Family Planning Association (FPA) is designed to help people with learning disabilities learn about growing up, sex and relationships.

Things Ellie Likes & Things Tom Likes

Books about sexuality and masturbation for girls and young women and boys and young men with autism and related conditions.

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Supported Loving toolkit

The Supported Loving network has produced a series of guides to help support people with issues surrounding sexuality and relationships.

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What Is Supported Loving

What is Supported Loving?

For some people finding love is often more than just chemistry – it can come down to getting the right support

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Supported Loving network

Supported Loving is not a formal membership organisation. Anyone can take part, it is free.

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