Decoding Dating
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Release Date:01 Oct 2014
ISBN:9781849057806
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Decoding Dating

A Guide to the Unwritten Social Rules of Dating for Men with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

The ultimate guide to cracking the social code of dating!

The rules of dating are a conundrum for many men, but for men with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) who often have difficulty understanding social communication, they can be almost indecipherable. This book methodically breaks down the steps of dating giving advice on the best places to meet women - whether on or offline, getting ready for the big date, where to go and what to talk about, and how to tell if a second date is on the cards. Written for those with little or no prior experience on the dating scene, the book discusses how to know if you are ready for a relationship, what qualities to look for in a potential girlfriend, and if dating goes well how to make a relationship work.

In Decoding Dating John Miller strips bare the intricacies of dating and relationships that can be elusive to all adults. With a style that is brutally honest and embedded with humor and personal experience, John provides a thorough set of basic instructions for the aspiring dater. Decoding Dating is a particularly rich guidebook for men with Autism Spectrum Disorder. – Professor Lindee Morgan, Florida State University Autism Institute
While it's not always obvious in our behavior, dating can be a baffling experience for many men. Author John Miller demystifies many challenges related to dating by providing what's needed by everyone, including men living on the autism spectrum - he gives us information! Miller discusses very personal aspects of relationship building and provides practical advice related to confusing aspects of dating, such as self-disclosure, flirting behavior, dating rituals, and the pitfalls that can sometimes accompany relationships. Through anecdotes and the sharing of his personal journey, Miller reminds men living on the spectrum that dating can be a successful and enjoyable experience. – Dr. Marc Ellison, Interim Executive Director, West Virginia Autism Training Center, Marshall University
A wonderfully practical and helpful book on a very important issue. This volume is full of helpful suggestions and will be of great interest to individuals with social disabilities navigating the complex world of social relationships. – Dr. Fred Volkmar, Director of Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
John Miller takes on the difficult terrain of dating with objectivity and sensitivity. John patches up the twists and turns that follow the ever-evasive art of dating and courting, with practical ideas and clear explanations that will help everyone (on the autism spectrum or not) understand the nuances and importance of dating with grace and class. I'm going to strongly suggest my husband read this book! – Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal, Safety Skills for Asperger Women, Asperger Syndrome in the Family, and editor of Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence
John Miller was born in Montréal, Canada. He completed a BA in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University and a Masters in Special Education before embarking on a career teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. During this time he was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and he became a strong advocate for individuals on the spectrum. In 2011 he was invited to be a Board Member of the Autism Society of Florida. He currently works as an autism facilitator and teacher at Boca Raton Middle School and he runs transition and independence skills workshops with young adults. He lives with his wife and daughter in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. To Disclose or Not to Disclose: The Positives and Pitfalls of Autism Disclosure. 2. Entering the Dating Arena. 3. Flirting: Giving and Reading Signals. 4. Caution: Read Before Dating. 5. Getting Ready for the Big Night. 6. Interview or Interrogation. 7. She Likes Me, She Likes Me Not: Assessing the Aftermath of the Date. 8. Dating Pointers. 9. What is a Relationship? 10. Are All Relationships Created Equally? 11. What Type of Woman is Right for Me? 12. Qualities Found in an Ideal Girlfriend. 13. Communication is the Key. 14. Aspie and Autie Pitfalls in Relationships. 15. How to Attempt to Make a Relationship Work. 16. Meeting Her Family and Friends. 17. Sex: The Double Edged Sword. Conclusion. Autism and Relationships Glossary. Useful Resources.
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