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Love and Asperger's: Practical Strategies To Help Couples Understand Each Other and Strengthen Their Connection Kindle Edition
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Everyday techniques to strengthen empathy and connection in neurodiverse couples
Life with a partner whose neurotype is different than yours is filled with moments that are surprising, unique, and sometimes challenging. If one of you is on the Autism Spectrum and the other is neurotypical, this Aspergers books is a helpful and inclusive guide to understanding the nature of your relationship and navigating its particular obstacles—while keeping your love for each other at the center of everything.
Even though Aspergers is no longer an official diagnosis, many people—like you or your partner—may still fit the Aspergers profile and identify with the term. This book is designed with you in mind, featuring expert advice from relationship therapist Kate McNulty. Inside, you'll find engaging scenarios of couples experiencing similar challenges, combined with practical, evidenced-based solutions that address the needs and perspectives of both partners equally.
Love and Aspergers helps you:
- Work together—Find easy ways to improve communication, cultivate emotional and physical intimacy, and maintain a commitment to learning about each other.
- Appreciate your differences—Open a window into the inner world of your partner, and the ways in which their experiences differ from yours so you can convey your own perspective more effectively.
- Break through the stereotypes—Sort out myths and facts so you can understand neurotypical and neurodiverse thinking and make your life together as a couple more loving and more rewarding.
Deepen your relationship and your communication with an enlightening book on Aspergers and love.
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Explore ways that both of you can:
Find easy ways to improve communication, cultivate emotional and physical intimacy, and maintain a commitment to learning about each other.
Discover a window into the inner world of your partner and the ways in which their experiences differ from yours so you can convey your own perspective more effectively.
Sort out myths and facts about Asperger’s so you can understand neurotypical and neurodiverse thinking, and make your life together as a couple more loving and more rewarding.
“Love and Asperger’s offers wise, compassionate, useful advice for neurodivergent couples struggling with empathy, communication, getting along, and creating happiness together. But Love and Asperger’s is equally valuable for couples not on the autism spectrum. Every couple is to some extent neurodivergent, experiencing the world and relationships in uniquely individual ways. This pithy, practical guide’s insights can help any couple negotiate the choppy waters of love and commitment in long-term relationships.” ―Michael Castleman, San Francisco Sexuality Journalist, Publisher of GreatSexGuidance.com, and author of Sizzling Sex for Life: How to Maximize Erotic Pleasure At Any Age
“Love and Asperger’s is a sensitively written guide for couples by a skilled couples therapist. Kate McNulty does a great job of sharing insights and practical tips that would be helpful to almost any couple but are especially important for couples where one partner is on the spectrum.” ―Stephanie Buehler, MPW, PsyD, CST-S, Author of What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex, 2nd Ed
“This book will help couples struggling with the difficulties likely to arise when mixed neuro-type couples partner. Love and Asperger’s shares tools, vignettes, and theories that can serve as a lifeline to couples who feel they’re at the end of their rope. I appreciate how Kate embraces neurodiversity; this handbook for change really embodies acceptance!” ―Christopher G. Marquardt, LPC, Couples Therapist for CGM Counseling
“Love and Asperger's normalizes that there are numerous kinds of relationships between people that include one or both partners being on the spectrum. The book goes on to give many practical strategies helpful to couples toward strengthening their relationships. Beautifully written in a no-nonsense, this-is-us sort of perspective that takes no prisoners by a strong clinician well acquainted with both the professional field and with the experience of living autistically. Delightful and highly recommended!” ―Judy Endow, MSW, LCSW--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
KATE MCNULTY, LCSW, is based in Portland, Oregon, where she is a certified relationship therapist and trainer through the Gottman Institute of Seattle. She is also a certified sex therapist and supervisor with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. For more of her work, visit AutisticTherapist.com.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08K3RWXDS
- Publisher : Rockridge Press (October 13, 2020)
- Publication date : October 13, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2294 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 117 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #120,381 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My boyfriend was diagnosed with ADHD when he was younger.
He is un-medicated now (for various reasons).
I have a feeling that he is ASD masking his symptoms (perhaps misdiagnosed with ADHD) or has a “dual” diagnosis with ADHD & undiagnosed ASD.
This book has really helped me understand discrepancies in our relationship in the first 10 pages.
I am reading this book (without him knowing I am reading this particular relationship book) because I am afraid he might be upset if he finds out I’m reading a book titled, “Love and Asperger’s”…
I really wish that ASD wasn’t such a stigma because I truly feel that a lot of people would benefit from reading this book!
I am what the book describes as the “neurotypical” partner, but this book has certainly made me more aware of my own habits/tendencies.
It makes me very aware of the fact that a lot more people may be on the spectrum than we may think without an official diagnosis or severe “characteristics” or “traits”, as the book tactfully describes.
I am really hoping that this will help our relationship communication.
So far, so good!
Now, back to reading :)
The author, who identifies herself as on the spectrum, takes a very even handed approach and uses couple examples to illustrate points. One group she really doesn’t cover is those of us who married decades ago, prior to even understanding that Aspergers was a thing. The author takes knowledge of diagnosis as a given so that leaves a lot of us out. Maybe we just need a different book. The heavy lifting in those cases is almost always done by the neurotypical spouse.
I think for younger people embarking on a life together, aware of the ASD, this book can be very useful, especially around the intimacy issues which hardly anyone talks about. For my age peers, I strongly recommend the work of Tony Attwood. His work is really seminal and probably saved my sanity if not my marriage.
That is false.
This book is full of practical steps, each problem is given an explanation for why it is occurring, a practical example for how you can deal with it (which I have tried and are helpful). Take a step back from things, slow down, try to get an idea of what is going on, and then handle the situation with some of the suggested advice from the book.
It's a good book, even for those who are not married or neurotypical, but dating someone with Asperger's or know someone who is.