Connecting With Your Asperger Partner: Negotiating the Maze of Intimacy

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Mar 15, 2011 - Psychology - 208 pages
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Communication and intimacy can feel like a constant struggle in relationships where one partner has Asperger Syndrome (AS). For the neuro-typical partner (NT) in particular, this can be an endless source of frustration, misunderstandings, and tears.

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 advice from other NT partners, this practical 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.

 

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Contents

Foreword
10
About this book
12
1 Two Steps ForwardOne Step Back
18
2 Letting Go of Expectations
26
3 Maintaining YourEnergy Cup
38
4 Does A Diagnosis Help?
52
5 Letting Go of Control
60
6 Communication Strategies
69
10 Regaining Your Identity
124
11 Beginning to Reconnect
140
12 Connecting Intimately
148
13 The Importance of a Support Group
158
14 Entering into theAspies World
165
15 The Unique Partnership
178
Afterword
186
Bibliography
192

7 Helping Your PartnerInterpret Emotions
82
8 Surviving Blunt andHarsh Words
94
9 Coping with Meltdowns
108

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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.

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