Book of the Month

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. 

Maxine Aston's website

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Other Books of the Month:

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AS Marriage by Gisela Slater-Walker and Chris Walker

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Autism Living the Good Life by Edgar R. Schneider

  

"We each have our own way of living in the world, together we are like a symphony.
Some are the melody, some are the rhythm, some are the harmony
It all blends together, we are like a symphony, and each part is crucial.
We all contribute to the song of life."
...Sondra Williams

We might not always agree; but TOGETHER we will make a difference.

 

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