Autism vs. Asperger’s – Part Two
When talking with clients and working with them to explore, educate themselves and trying to help them own the characteristics of their differing neurology, they often prefer to use the term Asperger’s or features of Asperger’s rather than autism.
The Debate about the Terms
In discussing this issue with professionals who work […]
Autism vs. Asperger’s – Part Two
Autism versus Asperger’s – Part One
The debate between professionals and the larger community regarding the use of the term Asperger’s has had quite an interesting and contested journey. Knowing a bit about this is helpful and thus the subject will be touched on here. It is important to note that this is by no means […]
When I began this group in April 2015 at the request of several clients (and the insistence one wonderful lady), I had no idea where it would lead. The group far exceeded the few expectations/hopes that I had. It has been a joy to facilitate this group and see the delight that it brings to […]
Asperger’s and Genetics
Do you have a child who’s been diagnosed as being on the spectrum for autism? Have you noticed similar tendencies in your partner even though he is much higher functioning than your son or daughter? He/she may have Asperger’s syndrome.
In 2015, Asperger’s was estimated to affect 37.2 million people globally. The incidence of […]
“Why do I have to do all the changing?”
Often I am asked by the spouse of someone with Asperger’s syndrome, “Why do I have to do all the changing?” While you don’t have to do ALL the changing, you will definitely be doing more than 50% for several reasons, the biggest of which is that […]
What Happened to the Person I Married?
“It seems like I’m married to a totally different person than the person I met. What happened?”
Over and over again I hear this from my clients who are spouses or partners of people with Asperger’s or features of Asperger’s. What went wrong?
All relationships go through a courtship phase when […]
Asperger’s: Fighting the Diagnosis
One key feature of someone with Asperger’s is impaired self-awareness. They simply do not see the world the way others do, and consequently they cannot see themselves as others do. When someone points out something personal to someone with Asperger’s, they may put up a wall of protection.
Most people with Asperger’s syndrome […]
Why is Asperger’s syndrome so easy to miss for both professionals and family members?
People with Asperger’s are often very intelligent, and they can work hard to compensate for their differences. Many people with the disorder use their intelligence to mask their deficits in personal, social, and professional relationships in order to get by in the […]
The holidays can be particularly challenging for those with a partner or a child with Asperger’s. The social demands, the general chaos, and the expectations can be more than the person with Asperger’s can handle.
First, understand what is happening and why. Here are some things you can do:
Modify your expectations.
Communicate carefully and avoid […]
Recently I’ve had the opportunity to work with several couples where one of the spouses has aspects of Asperger’s Syndrome, a neurological condition which is present from birth but often unrecognized. While the person may not have full-blown Asperger’s, he may not be able to demonstrate a full range of emotion which is essential for […]