Does your other half have Asperger Syndrome or do you suspect that he or she is on the autism spectrum? This quick and helpful relationships guide provides all the information you need for relationship success with your ASD partner.
In the second edition of this best-selling book, Maxine Aston draws on over a decade of experience working with couples affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Updates include reference to recent research and information on same sex relationships, sensory issues and pregnancy. Full of bite-size tips and advice, the book explains Asperger Syndrome, discusses whether or not seeking an autism diagnosis will help, and offers simple strategies for coping with a range of relationship challenges including communication, social, and intimacy difficulties.
Tony Attwood, PhD, is a clinical psychologist from Brisbane, Australia, with over 30 years of experience with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He is currently Adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland. Maxine Aston is a qualified counsellor and supervisor and presents Asperger Syndrome awareness workshops to counsellors and professionals who may encounter clients affected by AS. She also runs workshops and support groups for partners and parents that live with a person with AS. Maxine has an MSc in Health Psychology and is the author of The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome (NAS) and Aspergers in Love (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). She is a regular speaker at National and International ASD conferences.
Acknowledgements. Preface. Foreword by Tony Attwood. Introduction. Part I. Some Facts about Asperger Syndrome. Is Asperger Syndrome Predominantly a Male Condition? Suspected, Undiagnosed Asperger Syndrome. Obsessive Behaviour or Special Interests? Socialising, Friends, Present and Past. Trying to Communicate. Seeking a Diagnosis. After the Diagnosis, What Next? Initial Attraction. Getting Help. Part II. Living and Coping with Asperger Syndrome. Improving Communication. Getting the Message Across. Anger and Asperger Syndrome. Sex and Asperger Syndrome. Parenting. Money Matters. Special Interests. Routines. Socialising Solutions. Empathy and Reciprocity. Asperger Syndrome Cannot be Blamed for Everything. Staying Together. Useful Sources of Help and Information. References. Further Reading. Index.