Acknowledgements. Preface. Foreword by Tony Attwood. Introduction. Part I. Some Facts about Asperger Syndrome. Is Asperger Syndrome Predominantly a Male Condition? Suspected, Undiagnosed Asperger Syndrome. Obsessive Behaviour or Special Interests? Socialising, Friends, Present and Past. Trying to Communicate. Seeking a Diagnosis. After the Diagnosis, What Next? Initial Attraction. Getting Help. Part II. Living and Coping with Asperger Syndrome. Improving Communication. Getting the Message Across. Anger and Asperger Syndrome. Sex and Asperger Syndrome. Parenting. Money Matters. Special Interests. Routines. Socialising Solutions. Empathy and Reciprocity. Asperger Syndrome Cannot be Blamed for Everything. Staying Together. Useful Sources of Help and Information. References. Further Reading. Index.
This quick and helpful relationships guide provides all the information you need for relationship success with your ASD partner
Tony Attwood, PhD, is a clinical psychologist from Brisbane, Australia, with over 30 years of experience with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He is currently Adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland. Maxine Aston is a qualified counsellor and supervisor and presents Asperger Syndrome awareness workshops to counsellors and professionals who may encounter clients affected by AS. She also runs workshops and support groups for partners and parents that live with a person with AS. Maxine has an MSc in Health Psychology and is the author of The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome (NAS) and Aspergers in Love (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). She is a regular speaker at National and International ASD conferences.
I consider that the partners of those who have Asperger's syndrome
are quite remarkable people; this book is a tribute to their
personal qualities and will contribute to a significant improvement
in mutual understanding and enjoyment of the relationship. -- from
the foreword by Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist and author of
The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
When I first boarded the Asperger Express bound for a journey of self-discovery, I had nothing but my own experiences and Maxine Aston's books tucked under my arm. I read them, no, I swallowed them whole, sat back and began to rethink my entire life. Her books saved my life and for that I'll forever be grateful. Besides being a pioneer of Aspergers awareness, Aston is a wonderful writer. The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a clear, easy to understand page-turner as well as an eye-opener. Since this book was first written, she's worked with hundreds of individuals on the spectrum and stayed abreast of all the latest research which imbues and enriches this 2nd edition. -- Rudy Simone, author of Aspergirls, 22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man with Asperger's Syndrome and 22 Things a Woman with Asperger's Syndrome Wants Her Partner to Know
In a comprehensive sweep Maxine Aston manages to cover all the concepts people in AS-linked relationships need. Without shying away from tough topics, Aston gives immediately useful advice and research-based guidance. This is the type of book I like to have handy, flipping to a random page to read during tough times since every page of the book is helpful. Aston's upbeat tone and many insights give clarity to the unique issues facing couples as they improve their relationships. -- Ashley Stanford, author of Asperger Syndrome and Long-Term Relationships and Troubleshooting Relationships on the Autism Spectrum
I highly recommend this rare treasure! Couldn't put it down! Through numerous examples Aston clearly explains the differences between the Asperger and Non-Asperger partner. She encourages couples not to strive for the impossible but instead to try some of her invaluable insights and tips. A must-read! -- Louise Weston, RN. B. Nursing and author of Connecting with Your Asperger Partner