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The Partner's Guide to Asperger Syndrome

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Drawing on their own experiences of being in long-term relationships with partners with Asperger syndrome (AS) and interviews with over 100 others in the same situation, the authors of this supportive book offer tried-and-tested advice on how to surmount common difficulties and make things work.

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Overview

Drawing on their own experiences of being in long-term relationships with partners with Asperger syndrome (AS) and interviews with over 100 others in the same situation, the authors of this supportive book offer tried-and-tested advice on how to surmount common difficulties and make things work.

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Moreno, founder of an autism nonprofit, along with social worker Marci Wheeler and communication coach Kealah Parkinson, interviewed over 100 couples in which one partner has ASD and the other is nonspectrum (NS). Their aim: to provide insight and guidance to NS partners who want to create a successful relationship for both parties. While most of the advice is directed at the NS partner, there are also tips for parents, friends, and professionals on how to support the couple in maintaining a positive relationship. Each chapter ends with a list of "lessons learned" from the couples interviewed. The authors cover communication, social skills, and sensory processing and provide many real-life examples drawn from the experiences of the interviewed couples. Tony Attwood's foreword highlights potential relationship problems that individuals with ASD typically encounter. VERDICT Excellent insight and tips for anyone in, or considering, a relationship with a person with ASD, as well as the friends and families of couples with an ASD partner.—L.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849058780
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Limited
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 530,290
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Relationship Problems of Adults with Asperger Syndrome Tony Attwood 7

Acknowledgments 22

Preface 23

Introduction 25

1 Internal Issues for Non-Spectrum Partners 29

2 Communication Differences 46

3 Social Skills Differences 70

4 Sensory Processing Differences 101

5 Executive Function Skills and Challenges 114

6 Coping with Stress 128

7 Parenting 143

8 ASD and Illegal Behaviors 159

9 Positive ASD Qualities vs. Negative Experiences 167

10 Successful Partnerships 186

11 Meeting the Needs of the NS Partner 197

12 Final Thoughts 206

Appendix I Ten Considerations for Non-Spectrum Partners 208

Appendix II Advice from NS Spouses for Family and Friends 212

Appendix III Couples Profiles 217

Useful Resources 239

Bibliography 246

Subject Index 249

Author Index 254

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