Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Release Date:21 Jul 2015

Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Successful Strategies for Couples or Counselors

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Proven counseling strategies that will help improve the relationships of married, long-term or co-habiting couples with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder).

ASD relationship expert Eva A. Mendes provides advice straight from the couples counselling room that can be applied in day-to-day living and help with the challenges that arise in relationships where one or both partner is on the autism spectrum. This includes issues surrounding diagnosis, mental health, sexual compatibility, sensory needs, executive functioning, theory of mind, communication, and co-parenting. She offers unique practical ideas for positive change such as creating a relationship schedule, making expression of appreciation and gratitude a part of every day, and finding mutually satisfying activities and special interests to engage in with your partner. The strategies in this book will be useful to couples themselves and any couples counselors or therapists working with them.

Eva A. Mendes, M.A., LMHC, is an Asperger's Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder specialist, psychotherapist, and couples counselor. She works with neurodiverse couples, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She leads the Spouse, Couples, and Women's Support Groups at the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE). She also facilitates workshops, and trainings at various universities, mental health and medical centers. She received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Union Institute and University and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Vermont College. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Acknowledgements. Foreword. Preface. Terminology, Case Studies, and Strategies. Introduction. 1. Pursuing a Diagnosis. 2. Accepting the Diagnosis. 3. Learning About and Understanding ASD. 4. Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, OCD and ADHD. 5. Self-Exploration, Awareness and Advocacy. 6. Expanding Theory of Mind and Emotional Intelligence. 7. Coping with Sensory Overload and Avoiding Meltdowns. 8. Meeting Each Other's Sexual Needs. 9. Bridging Parallel Play. 10. Creating a Relationship Schedule. 11. Improving Communication. 12. Co-parenting Strategies. 13. Prioritizing Self-Care. 14. Organizing, Planning, and Outsourcing. 15. Suspending Judgments and Managing Expectations. 16. Staying Motivated. 17. Neurodiverse Couple's Counseling. 18. Every Neurodiverse Marriage is Unique. Appendices. References. Index.
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