The Partner's Guide to Asperger Syndrome
256 pages, 6 x 9
Paperback
Release Date:15 Nov 2011
ISBN:9781849058780
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The Partner's Guide to Asperger Syndrome

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) often have difficulties acquiring relationship skills due to the defining characteristics of the syndrome, experiences with peers during childhood and adolescence, and the expectations of their partners. However, an increasing number do go on to achieve happy and successful long-term relationships with non-spectrum (NS) partners.

This supportive book will give NS partners a better understanding of NS/AS relationships, and of what other NS partners have found to be helpful in terms of better understanding themselves and their partners, and enriching their relationships. Drawing on their experience of being in long-term relationships with AS partners, and interviews with over 100 others in the same situation, the authors explore the key differences which may impact upon AS/NS relationships, such as communication, social skills, and sensory issues, and offer tried-and-tested advice on how to surmount difficulties and make things work. The book includes chapters on coping with stress and meltdowns, parenting, positive AS qualities and how to use them to their full advantage in a relationship, as well as advice on how the NS partner can ensure that their own needs are met.

This book will provide support and encouragement to those in a relationship with someone who has been diagnosed with AS, or who is suspected of having AS, and will also be a useful resource for counsellors and other professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of AS/NS relationships.

RELATED TOPICS: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Susan Moreno is the founder and president of MAAP Services, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides information and advice to parents, teachers and healthcare professionals about all aspects of autism. She is the editor of The MAAP, a newsletter for families of more advanced individuals within the autism spectrum of disorders. Marci Wheeler is a Social Work Specialist with a Master's degree in Social Work. She has served as a field instructor and adjunct faculty member for the School of Social Work at Indiana University and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and as staff advisor for the Students on the Spectrum (S.O.S.) Club at Indiana University in Bloomington. Kealah Parkinson is a professional communications coach and public speaker. Through her company, KiKi Productions, Inc., she offers a variety of services both online and in-person, including speech-coaching and consulting. She is the author of the e-workbook "Speak Your Truth: How to Say What You Mean to Get What You Want."

Foreword by Tony Attwood, Ph.D.: Relationship Problems of Adults with Asperger Syndrome

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

 

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

7. Parenting

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

 

Addendum

Recommended Reading

References

Important

Contacts

Index

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