The “M” Word; Education & Supports for Self-Stimulation

Apr 8
Thursday, April 8, 2021 – 10:00am
10:00am - 11:30am

During our time together we will learn:

  • Creating a culture of professionalism and ease around self-stimulation
  • Discussing family and personal values, as well as basic human needs
  • Introducing and talking about body parts and behaviors
  • Designing a “private time” protocol and checking someone’s comprehension
  • Addressing safety and legal issues

Instructor: Shanya Luther, Founder and Director of Among Friends (pronouns: she/her) This training is designed for anyone supporting someone who experiences I/DD or neurodiversity. Self-stimulation can be awkward and embarrassing to talk about, but it is also the safest expression of a person’s basic, biological sex drive. It is critical to learn how to talk about and support this private topic in a professional manner – whether in team meetings, with family members or support workers, or with the person you are working with.


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Questions? Contact: or 503-364-9943