Dr Mark Brown

About

Mark Brown qualified as RNLD in 1990 and practised in the NHS services until 2009 when he founded Special Help 4 Special Needs.  Within his practice, Mark has worked in a range of services, including adult residential, children and community based.  Throughout his career, Mark has been passionate concerning a range of issues relating to individuals with a learning disability, but in the last two decades there has been an emphasis upon the sex education and sexuality aspect.  This has included working with individuals who display harmful sexual behaviour including those within the Criminal Justice System and the development of a sex education programme for autistic individuals.  Mark has been part of the SOTSEC-ID framework for men with intellectual disabilities who sexually offend and the Keeping Safe programme for teenagers.  In addition to this work, Mark spends considerable time working with individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism around issues of anxiety on an individual person centred basis.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications

  • PhD, Intellectual Disabilities, Tizard Centre University of Kent
  • MA in Autism, Tizard Centre University of Kent
  • Diploma in Applied Psychology (Challenging Behaviour), Tizard Centre University of Kent

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Research

Autistic Spectrum Condition, Sexuality, Gender, Relationship and Sex Education, Sex Offending, Offending, Learning Disability,

Publications

Book Section

Chapter "Masturbation" p35 in Bates. C (Edited) (2018) Sexuality and Learning Disabilities: A Handbook (2nd Edition), Pavilion Publishing, Sussex ISBN: 978-1-911028-55-0

Chapter Sexuality and relationship education for people with learning disabilities p 47 in Chaplin, E., Jennings. M., Concannon., G., Francis. R., Delree, J., & Bedford, L. (edited) (2018) Learning Disability Today: The essential guide for support staff, service providers, families and students. Pavilion Publishing, Sussex. ISBN: 978-1-911028-69-7

Conferences

Brown, M. and Murphy, G. (2018) Sexuality and relationships education for people with ASD – pilot programme implementation  at International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 17-20 July 2018 Athens, Greece (Unpublished)

Brown, M. and Murphy, G. (2018) Sexuality and relationships education for people with autistic spectrum disorder – staff perspective at International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 17-20 July 2018 Athens, Greece (Unpublished)

Brown, M. and Murphy, G. (2018) "I wish I had learnt to keep myself safe" – Sexuality and Relationships Education (SRE) for People with ASD- Pupil Views at International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 17-20 July 2018 Athens, Greece (Unpublished)

Brown, M. (2017) I wish I had learnt to keep myself safe" Sexuality and Relationships Education (SRE) for People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder at 17th Seattle Club, 17-18 December 2017 Durham, UK (Unpublished)