Inappropriate Masturbation

The following strategies may help:

  • Picture sequences/visual supports showing what to do.
  • Visual supports showing where is appropriate (own bedroom).
  • Visual supports showing where is not appropriate.
  • Consistency
  • Language (‘private time’).
  • Approach teaching these skills as you would any other.
  • Leave your embarrassment and personal judgements at the door.
  • Teach as a rule.
  • Supporting These Behaviours
  • Don’t assume the young person will generalise the skill to different environments.
  • Young people may need to be taught an appropriate place for ‘private time’ at “Granny’s” too.
  • Don’t expect or assume the young person will be able to internalise the skill immediately.
  • It’s OK and normal if they always need the visual supports.
  • Careful use of humour – enough to relieve tension, but focus on teaching