Supported Loving toolkit


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Masturbation is a subject not often spoken about in learning disabilities services. However, it is a way for an individual to express their sexual nature.


  • Bates, C (2018) Sexuality and Learning Disabilities (2nd edition) is a handbook intended to guide anyone working with people with learning disabilities. Pavilion Publishing
  • Scott, L. & Kerr-Edwards (1999) Talking Together About Growing Up: A Workbook for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities Family Planning Association
  • Family Planning Association (2009) All About Us Family Planning Association
  • Reynolds, K (2015) Things Ellie Likes: A book about sexuality and masturbation for girls and young women with autism and related conditions
  • Reynolds, K (2016) Things Tom Likes: A book about sexuality and masturbation for 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 learning disabilities with issues around sex and relationships.

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What Is Supported Loving

What is Supported Loving?

For people with learning disabilities finding love is often more than just chemistry – it can come down to getting the right support from your staff.

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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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