The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome
by Maxine Aston, UK (2001)
Published by the National Autistic Society
Written in a common-sense, plain language
style, Ms. Aston removes the veil of mystery and secrecy surrounding
troubled marriages where one partner has been diagnosed or suspected of
being on the high
functioning end of the autistic spectrum, and the other partner is not
autistic. The first part of her attractively printed book describes the
clinical features of Asperger Syndrome as manifested in intimate adult
relationships. Her explanation of the impact of Asperger Syndrome on the
marriage and on children and family members is clear, concise, and
accurate. The second half of her book outlines survival strategies,
supportive techniques, tips and tricks to help both partners navigate the
shoals of troubled communication, social involvement with the outside
world, and psychological self-care essential for both partners to co-exist
and mature their relationship.
Since Asperger Syndrome is a recently
identified pervasive developmental disorder, the book is valuable for
spouses in new marriages as well as old ones. The author tackles the
dynamics of how the partners can deal with the phenomenon of a new
diagnosis that accurately fits behavior inaccurately diagnosed - - if
diagnosed at all - - in the past.
While written primarily for the partners
themselves, the book is of equal in introducing adult Asperger Syndrome to
professional counselors, teachers and program administrators dealing with
Asperger Syndrome adults, their partners, and parents of children diagnosed
with Asperger Syndrome, and family members interested in understanding adult
Asperger Syndrome in "one of our own".
"The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome" has a
brief foreword written by Tony Attwood.