Alone Together: Making an Asperger Marriage Work

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Apr 15, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 128 pages
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Communication is one of the biggest challenges faced by people with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), yet an Asperger marriage requires communication more than any other relationship. Thousands of people live in Asperger marriages without knowing the answers to important questions such as `What behaviours indicate that my spouse has AS?' `Is it worthwhile to get a diagnosis?' `Is there hope for improvement?' Katrin Bentley has been married for 18 years. Since receiving her husband's diagnosis of AS, their marriage has improved substantially. They learnt to accept each other's different approaches to life and found ways to overcome problems and misunderstandings. Today they are happily married and able to communicate effectively. Alone Together shares the struggle of one couple to rescue their marriage. It is uplifting and humorous, and includes plenty of tips to making an Asperger marriage succeed. This book offers couples hope, encouragement and strategies for their own marriages.
 

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Contents

1 Becoming Aware of Aspergers Syndrome
17
2 Meeting the Handsome Stranger
22
3 The Wedding
25
I Married You for Fun Not for Problems
27
The White Board
33
Rigid Thinking
35
7 Sexuality Intimacy and Love
38
8 Making Friends
46
Associative Thinking Causes Stress
70
Dizzy Spells can be Fatal
78
Alone Together
82
My Way of Dealing with Tantrums
86
How to Handle Criticism
93
How We Fix Arguments
99
Resources and Opportunities for Improving the Relationship
104
Understanding Each Other
108

Empathy and Theory of Mind
52
Coping with Change
55
Being Married to a NonCommunicator
59
12 A Family Requires Teamwork
64
13 The Girlfriend
66
22 Our Life Today
114
EPILOGUE BY GAVIN BENTLEY
117
USEFUL CONTACTS AND FURTHER READING
119
BACK COVER
130
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About the author (2007)

Katrin Bentley was born in Switzerland but now lives in Queensland, Australia, with her husband, Gavin, who has Asperger's Syndrome. Katrin volunteers at Asperger Services Australia. She is also a qualified primary school teacher and fitness instructor.

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