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Moreno, founder of an autism nonprofit, along with social worker Marci Wheeler and communication coach Kealah Parkinson, interviewed over 100 couples in which one partner has ASD and the other is nonspectrum (NS). Their aim: to provide insight and guidance to NS partners who want to create a successful relationship for both parties.

While most of the advice is directed at the NS partner, there are also tips for parents, friends, and professionals on how to support the couple in maintaining a positive relationship. Each chapter ends with a list of lessons learned from the couples interviewed. The authors cover communication, social skills, and sensory processing and provide many real-life examples drawn from the experiences of the interviewed couples. Tony Attwood's foreword highlights potential relationship problems that individuals with ASD typically encounter.

VERDICT: Excellent insight and tips for anyone in, or considering, a relationship with a person with ASD, as well as the friends and families of couples with an ASD partner. --Library Journal, February 29, 2012

About the Author

Susan Moreno is the founder and president of MAAP Services, Inc. a non-profit organization that provides information and advice to parents, teachers and healthcare professionals about all aspects of autism. She is the editor of The MAAP, a newsletter for families of more advanced individuals within the autism spectrum of disorders. She holds a Master's degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Valparaiso University in Indiana and she is internationally known as a lecturer and motivational speaker. Marci Wheeler is a Social Work Specialist with a Master's degree in Social Work. She has worked at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University since 1983. She writes and consults on topics relating to autism spectrum disorders and her other areas of expertise include parenting, family issues, and community supports and resources. She has served as a field instructor and adjunct faculty member for the School of Social Work at Indiana University and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and as staff advisor for the Students on the Spectrum (S.O.S) Club at Indiana University in Bloomington. Kealah Parkinson is a professional communications coach and public speaker who, along with motivating business and sales people, specializes in fostering communication skills in clients with mental illness and developmental disorders. Through her company, KiKi Productions, Inc. she offers a variety of services both online and in-person, including speech-coaching and consulting. She is the author of the e-workbook Speak Your Truth: How to Say What You Mean to Get What You Want.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849058784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849058780
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christine J. Guth on May 9, 2012
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A Partner's Guide to Asperger Syndrome is the best book I've seen yet about marriage to someone on the autism spectrum, and I have read as many as I could find. The authors take seriously the challenges Asperger's Syndrome makes to a marriage or partnership, without making these relationships seem hopeless. The book is consistently respectful of persons on the autism spectrum, and assumes that any problems in the relationship are the responsibility of both partners, not to be blamed unilaterally on the partner on the spectrum. The authors draw on hundreds of interviews with couples, so their perspective is broad and deep, taking into account the great diversity present in the autism spectrum, and in partner relationships. This breadth should give most spectrum couples stories they can identify with.

Social disability has its greatest impact in the context of intimate relationships. The stories and strategies of this book offer validation of the challenges, along with approaches to avoiding the pitfalls, so that partners can minimize the disability and grow in appreciation of their loved one's unique gifts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexiaj on January 24, 2013
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Wow, I am so glad I found The Partner's Guide to Asperger Syndrome. I now know I'm not losing my mind and the past 7 years with my ASD husband are starting to make some sense. I kinda feel like the author "has my back" in a way that doesn't belittle or condemn my ASD husband. Which is a good thing because I want to be angry with him for the crap I've had to endure during the last 7 yrs and yet knowing that some of "the crap" is something he has not control over helps me to communicate better with him and realize that I have added to "the crap" unintentionally by trying to force "normal". It's still going to be a very long process that I'm not even sure we'll be to work through but reading this book is a good start.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Henson on June 30, 2012
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I'm not done with the book yet, but I can say that so far it's been an eye opener. My husband doesn't seem to see any difference between himself and others, which is part of the diagnosis though, isn't it? It's been a frustrating nine years of marriage. I just hope I can learn enough, fast enough, to keep things on an even keel. The author has an 'interesting' point of view, not one I think I'll ever have, and that's okay with me. I can't be that "oh well" about things. I didn't get married to stay the same for the next 50 years. I hope to see things improve between us, and I hope this book will be part of the solution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Artemus Archer on February 6, 2014
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Boring book. Written in a very dry tone, and not very helpful if you already know what AS is. You could basically read any book or a Wikipedia article about autism, and this is largely what the book is. For example, on Wikipedia, you may learn that people with AS often don’t maintain eye contact. This book would then tell you that someone with AS may not maintain eye contact with his partner. Then the book would quote some stories of NS partners who talk about how their partner doesn’t maintain eye contact with them. And then you’re told that some NS partners are upset by this. And then you’re told that some NS partners don’t mind. All in boring text. Whatever the point was is lost on me. I suppose if you didn’t know any of this and couldn’t infer that difficulty maintaining eye contact could mean that the AS partner would therefore have difficulty maintaining eye contact with his partner, then it would be helpful.

Some of the info seemed out of place. For example on page 53 they talk about brain research and say that people on the autism spectrum have differences in the amygdala (an almond sized area in the brain). What does the almond size have to do with anything? It seemed like a weird explanation by authors who are not actually that familiar with neuroscience and didn’t have anything to add other than to show that they did a random “google scholar” search and found a citation saying that lesions in the amygdala were shown to eliminate eye contact. There was no insight here. It just looked like they added it in to sound scientific. They did this several times throughout the book – very superficially citing correlations in brain differences with no apparent regard for what this actually means.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul on September 23, 2012
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A great book for those who need to explain aspergers to a friend or loved one, but not quite sure where to start. If you have aspergers and are looking for a book to help family and friends then this is a good place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason on March 11, 2013
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I've read many books on the subject and this one was very informative. However it did seem all over the place with the points.
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