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Connecting With Your Asperger Partner: Negotiating the Maze of Intimacy

Connecting With Your Asperger Partner: Negotiating the Maze of Intimacy

by Louise Weston
     
 

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Communication and intimacy can feel like a constant struggle in relationships where one partner has Asperger Syndrome (AS).

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

Overview

Communication and intimacy can feel like a constant struggle in relationships where one partner has Asperger Syndrome (AS).

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 practical advice from other NT partners, this 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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Weston, a "neurotypical" (NT) registered nurse, has been married to a man with Asperger's syndrome (AS) since 1999 and ran an Asperger partners support group. The book reflects the author's utilization of self-help books about AS and relationships along with accumulated wisdom from support groups. AS is never fully explained here, although the concomitant behaviors are. Several key concepts, such as "special interest" and "meltdown," are used frequently in early chapters before being explained. On the positive side, Weston emphasizes self-care and getting professional help for the NT partner as an essential first step to being in a relationship with a person with Asperger's. VERDICT Too advanced to serve as an introductory read on AS, this summarizes useful emotional and behavioral strategies and includes further readings and resource suggestions for partners, family members, coworkers, and counselors of individuals with AS.—Paula McMillen, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849051309
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date:
08/15/2010
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Weston is a Registered Nurse from Queensland, Australia. She was the former co-ordinator of a monthly support group for NT partners and spouses of individuals with Asperger Syndrome. She has a Bachelor of Nursing degree and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. Louise is happily married to her husband Graham. After they were married in 1999, Graham was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. His diagnosis was inspirational in writing this book.

Louise Weston is a Registered Nurse from Queensland, Australia. She was the former co-ordinator of a monthlysupport group for NT partners and spouses of individuals with Asperger Syndrome. She has a Bachelor of Nursing degree and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. Louise is happily married to her husband Graham.After they were married in 1999,Graham was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.His diagnosis wasinspirational in writing this book.

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