Connecting With Your Asperger Partner
208 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
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Release Date:01 Oct 2010
ISBN:9781849051309
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Connecting With Your Asperger Partner

Negotiating the Maze of Intimacy

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Communication and intimacy can feel like a constant struggle in
relationships where one partner has Asperger Syndrome (AS). For the
neuro-typical partner (NT) in particular, this can be an endless source
of frustration, misunderstandings, and tears.

Drawing on her own experience of being married to a man with AS,
Louise Weston shows that the road to intimacy begins with letting go of
expectations and looking after your own physical and emotional needs.
She provides tried-and-tested strategies for relating to and connecting
with your AS partner, as well as useful tips for coping with hurtful
words and meltdowns, helping your partner to interpret emotions, and
finding further sources of help and support. Above all, she shows that
although your AS/NT relationship will challenge you beyond what you
ever thought possible, by letting go of expectations and respecting
each others' differences, this unique partnership really can be
both happy and successful.

Brimming with stories and advice from other NT partners, this practical
book will help NTs take positive steps towards connecting with their AS
partners. It will also be a useful resource for counsellors and other
professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of AS/NT
relationships.
RELATED TOPICS: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Louise Weston is a registered nurse in Queensland,
Australia.
Foreword by Tony Attwood. About this Book. Helpful Hints. 1. Two Steps
Forward, One Step Back. 2. "Letting Go of Expectations". 3.
Maintaining Your "Energy Cup". 4. Does a Diagnosis Help? 5.
Letting Go of Control. 6. Communication Strategies. 7. Helping Your
Partner Interpret Emotions. 8. Surviving Blunt and Harsh Words. 9.
Coping with Meltdowns. 10. Regaining Your Identity. 11. Beginning to
Reconnect. 12. Connecting Intimately. 13. The Importance of a Support
Group. 14. Entering Into the Aspie's World. 15. The Unique
Partnership. Afterword: The Author's Story. References. Further
Reading. Internet Sites. Index
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