The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Release Date:21 Feb 2014

The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

A Guide to Living in an Intimate Relationship with a Partner who is on the Autism Spectrum Second Edition

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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.

I highly recommend this rare treasure! Couldn't put it down! Through numerous examples Aston clearly explains the differences between the Asperger and Non-Asperger partner. She encourages couples not to strive for the impossible but instead to try some of her invaluable insights and tips. A must-read!

– Louise Weston, RN. B. Nursing and author of Connecting with Your Asperger Partner

When I first boarded the Asperger Express bound for a journey of self-discovery, I had nothing but my own experiences and Maxine Aston's books tucked under my arm. I read them, no, I swallowed them whole, sat back and began to rethink my entire life. Her books saved my life and for that I'll forever be grateful. Besides being a pioneer of Aspergers awareness, Aston is a wonderful writer. The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a clear, easy to understand page-turner as well as an eye-opener. Since this book was first written, she's worked with hundreds of individuals on the spectrum and stayed abreast of all the latest research which imbues and enriches this 2nd edition.

– Rudy Simone, author of Aspergirls, 22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man with Asperger's Syndrome and 22 Things a Woman with Asperger's Syndrome Wants Her Partner to Know

I consider that the partners of those who have Asperger's syndrome are quite remarkable people; this book is a tribute to their personal qualities and will contribute to a significant improvement in mutual understanding and enjoyment of the relationship.

– from the foreword by Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist and author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

In a comprehensive sweep Maxine Aston manages to cover all the concepts people in AS-linked relationships need. Without shying away from tough topics, Aston gives immediately useful advice and research-based guidance. This is the type of book I like to have handy, flipping to a random page to read during tough times since every page of the book is helpful. Aston's upbeat tone and many insights give clarity to the unique issues facing couples as they improve their relationships.

– Ashley Stanford, author of Asperger Syndrome and Long-Term Relationships and Troubleshooting Relationships on the Autism Spectrum

Maxine Aston is a qualified counsellor, trainer and supervisor specialising in Asperger syndrome. She has worked with almost two thousand clients with Asperger syndrome, and runs workshops for therapists and professionals who come into contact with adolescents or adults with Asperger syndrome. Maxine also offers assessments for clients who suspect they may be on the autism spectrum. She has an MSc in Health Psychology and is the author of Asperger's in Love , The Asperger Couple's Workbook and What Men with Asperger Syndrome Want to Know About Women, Dating and Relationships, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, and lives in Coventry, UK.
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.
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