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Sexuality and Learning Disabilities

Price: £14.95
Sexuality and Learning Disabilities covers the most common sexual issues for people with learning disabilities
Author(s): Michelle McCarthy and David Thompson

A range of authors share their direct experience of working with people with learning disabilities on sexual issues. They give ideas on helping people with learning disabilities to learn about their bodies and sex. The focus is on what staff and family members can do themselves, but it also recommends when specialist help may be needed. Ideas for further reading and specialist organisations are included.

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This book is aimed at relatives, sex education and health promotion workers, professionals working in services, social workers, nurses, carers, professionals working with people with learning disabilities, community learning disability teams and students.
ISBN: 9781841962863
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 10 November 2010
Content: The law; Masturbation; Menstruation and menopause; Profound learning disabilities; Sexual opportunities; Same sex and opposite sex relationships; Pregnancy; Sexual abuse; Unacceptable sexual behaviour; Sex education 

Michelle McCarthy is a senior lecturer in learning disability at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent, and a researcher. Her academic and practice-based work involves all matters relating to the sexuality of people with learning disabilities, but she has a particular interest in working with women with learning disabilities on issues of sexual abuse, sexual and reproductive health. She has published widely in these fields. This includes a number of resource packs with Pavilion, but also in books, academic and professional journals.

David Thompson has a wide experience in health and social care. His work with Pavilion spans 20 years, largely in relation to his direct work on sexual issues for people with learning disabilities, which was the focus of his PhD. Other areas of expertise include supporting older people with learning disabilities and their family carers. Recently he was very involved in the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act in developing the role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy service across England. He is a trustee of the Ann Craft Trust and currently studying to be a mental health nurse at King’s College, London.