Adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) often havedifficulties acquiring relationship skills due to the definingcharacteristics of the syndrome, experiences with peers duringchildhood and adolescence, and the expectations of their partners.However, an increasing number do go on to achieve happy and successfullong-term relationships with non-spectrum (NS) partners.
This supportive book will give NS partners a better understanding ofNS/AS relationships, and of what other NS partners have found to behelpful in terms of better understanding themselves and their partners,and enriching their relationships. Drawing on their experience of beingin long-term relationships with AS partners, and interviews with over100 others in the same situation, the authors explore the keydifferences which may impact upon AS/NS relationships, such ascommunication, social skills, and sensory issues, and offertried-and-tested advice on how to surmount difficulties and make thingswork. The book includes chapters on coping with stress and meltdowns,parenting, positive AS qualities and how to use them to their fulladvantage in a relationship, as well as advice on how the NS partnercan ensure that their own needs are met.
This book will provide support and encouragement to those in arelationship with someone who has been diagnosed with AS, or who issuspected of having AS, and will also be a useful resource forcounsellors and other professionals who wish to deepen theirunderstanding of AS/NS relationships.
Foreword by Tony Attwood, Ph.D.: Relationship Problems of Adultswith Asperger Syndrome
1. Internal Issues for Non-spectrum Partners
2. Communication Differences
3. Social Skills Differences
4. Sensory Processing Differences
5. Executive Function Skills and Challenges
6. Coping with Stress
8. ASD and Illegal Behaviors
9. Positive ASD Qualities vs. Negative Experiences
10. Successful Partnerships
11. Meeting the Needs of the NS Partner
12. Final Thoughts
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