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The Partner's Guide to Asperger Syndrome
by Susan Moreno
Adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) often have difficulties acquiring relationship skills due to the defining characteristics of the syndrome, experiences with peers during childhood and adolescence, and the expectations of their partners. However, an increasing number do go on to achieve happy and successful long-term relationships with non-spectrum (NS) partners.
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I must admit that I don't have a partner with Asperger Syndrome. I'm the one with it, and I thought I could pick up some tips for future relationships. There were a couple interesting points, but overall it wasn't for me. On page 28 I found out that this book is actually for wives of men with Aspergers, and most of the book is based on anecdotes and not actual research.
This book should be called "The Heterosexual Wife's Guide to AS". It focused almost entirely on M/F couples where the man had ASD. Reading it as a queer polyamorous 'female' with Aspergers was extremely frustrating. Though I am not the author's target audience, I thought there would be something in this book for me, but it was honestly really hurtful to read. The examples and generalizations used painted the picture of Aspie husbands being overgrown children who throw tantrums at the drop of a h ...more
This was on the new book shelf at our local library and caught my eye. It would be a shame if the title, "A Partner's Guide," caused anyone to hesitate to read this book, especially if they have friends or loved ones living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It was an easy, non-stressful read, heavy in personal stories, that focused on the challenges that couples face when one partner has ASD. But life involves people, and any increased understanding in what partners, family, and friends, are cop ...more