The Journal of Best Practices

The Journal of Best Practices Author David Finch
ISBN-10 9781439189757
Year 2012-01-03
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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The warm and hilarious bestselling memoir by a man diagnosed with Asperger syndrome who sets out to save his marriage. At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband?! In David Finch’s case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis explains David’s ever-growing list of quirks and compulsions, but it doesn’t make him any easier to live with. Determined to change, David sets out to understand Asperger syndrome and learn to be a better husband with an endearing yet hilarious zeal. His methods for improving his marriage involve excessive note-taking, performance reviews, and most of all, the Journal of Best Practices: a collection of hundreds of maxims and hard-won epiphanies, including “Don’t change the radio station when she’s singing along” and “Apologies do not count when you shout them.” Over the course of two years, David transforms himself from the world’s most trying husband to the husband who tries the hardest. He becomes the husband he’d always meant to be. Filled with humor and surprising wisdom, The Journal of Best Practices is a candid story of ruthless self-improvement, a unique window into living with an autism spectrum condition, and proof that a true heart can conquer all.

The Journal of Best Practices

The Journal of Best Practices Author David Finch
ISBN-10 9781439189740
Year 2012-10-09
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Traces the author's battle with Asperger syndrome, describing his adult diagnosis and the painstaking and often whimsical exercises he uses to preserve his family and build social skills.

The Journal of Best Practices

The Journal of Best Practices Author David Finch
ISBN-10 9781439189719
Year 2012-01-03
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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A full-length account based on a popular New York Times article traces the author's battle with Asperger Syndrome, describing his adult diagnosis and the painstaking and often whimsical exercises he uses to preserve his family and build social skills.

Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger s Syndrome Autism Spectrum Disorder

Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger s Syndrome  Autism Spectrum Disorder Author Eva A. Mendes
ISBN-10 9780857009814
Year 2015-07-21
Pages 264
Language en
Publisher Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Proven counseling strategies that will help improve the relationships of married, long-term or co-habiting couples with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder). ASD relationship expert Eva A. Mendes provides advice straight from the couples' counselling room that can be applied in day-to-day living and help with the challenges that can arise in relationships where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum. This includes issues surrounding diagnosis, mental health, sexual compatibility, sensory needs, executive functioning, theory of mind, communication, and co-parenting. She offers unique practical ideas for positive change such as creating a relationship schedule, making expression of appreciation and gratitude a part of every day, and finding mutually satisfying activities and special interests to engage in with your partner. The strategies in this book will be useful to couples themselves and any couples' counselors or therapists working with them.

The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome

The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome Author Maxine Aston
ISBN-10 1899280375
Year 2001-01
Pages 84
Language en
Publisher National Autistic Society
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Maxine has explored the relationships of adults with Asperger syndrome as a Relate counsellor, from her own experience and through academic research. She makes extensive use of case studies and her insight is acute. Her positive attitude and strategies for successful relationships make this an essential book for couples and counsellors. Maxine has explored the relationships of adults with Asperger syndrome as a Relate counsellor, from her own personal experience and as part of her academic research. She makes extensive use of case studies and her insight is extraordinary. Her positive attitude and strategies for successful relationships make this an essential book for couples and counsellors.

Alone Together

Alone Together Author Katrin Bentley
ISBN-10 1846426235
Year 2007-04-15
Pages 128
Language en
Publisher Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Communication is one of the biggest challenges faced by people with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), yet an Asperger marriage requires communication more than any other relationship. Thousands of people live in Asperger marriages without knowing the answers to important questions such as `What behaviours indicate that my spouse has AS?' `Is it worthwhile to get a diagnosis?' `Is there hope for improvement?' Katrin Bentley has been married for 18 years. Since receiving her husband's diagnosis of AS, their marriage has improved substantially. They learnt to accept each other's different approaches to life and found ways to overcome problems and misunderstandings. Today they are happily married and able to communicate effectively. Alone Together shares the struggle of one couple to rescue their marriage. It is uplifting and humorous, and includes plenty of tips to making an Asperger marriage succeed. This book offers couples hope, encouragement and strategies for their own marriages.

The Partner s Guide to Asperger Syndrome

The Partner s Guide to Asperger Syndrome Author Susan J. Moreno
ISBN-10 0857005669
Year 2011-12-15
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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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. This supportive book will give NS partners a better understanding of NS/AS relationships, and of what other NS partners have found to be helpful in terms of better understanding themselves and their partners, and enriching their relationships. Drawing on interviews with over 100 people in NS/AS relationships, as well as on their own experiences of having family members on the autism spectrum, the authors explore the key differences which may impact upon AS/NS relationships, such as communication, social skills, and sensory issues, and offer tried-and-tested advice on how to surmount difficulties and make things work. The book includes chapters on coping with stress and meltdowns, parenting, positive AS qualities and how to use them to their full advantage in a relationship, as well as advice on how the NS partner can ensure that their own needs are met. This book will provide support and encouragement to those in a relationship with someone who has been diagnosed with AS, or who is suspected of having AS, and will also be a useful resource for counsellors and other professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of AS/NS relationships.

Look Me in the Eye

Look Me in the Eye Author John Elder Robison
ISBN-10 9780307405722
Year 2007-09-25
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Broadway Books
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “As sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find.” —from the foreword by Augusten Burroughs Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself—and the world. A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human.

Life with a Partner Or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome

Life with a Partner Or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome Author Kathy J. Marshack
ISBN-10 193457547X
Year 2009
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher AAPC Publishing
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Life with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome: Going Over the Edge? gives you a look into the lives of a handful of people who live with a loved one with Asperger Syndrome (AS). Written by a psychologist who has family members with Asperger Syndrome and has worked for years with clients with AS, the focus of the book is on how partners/spouses of someone with AS can take back their lives and find true meaning and happiness. Often the relationship between someone with AS and his or her partner is so strained that the conflicts escalate to damaging proportions, involving divorce, domestic violence and depression. The author explores these relationships in an effort to bring the two worlds a bit closer, which can ultimately make a real difference in the happiness of many people.In short, this book was written primarily to help spouses/partners of those with Asperger Syndrome learn how to grow away from dysfunctional behavior and dysfunctional relationships.

An Asperger Marriage

An Asperger Marriage Author Chris Slater-Walker
ISBN-10 1843100177
Year 2002-01-01
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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When Chris Slater-Walker was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome it explained why he regarded himself as "socially handicapped", but for Gisela it meant coming to terms with a marriage without any intuitive understanding. This is an account of living with AS, often thought incompatible with marriage.

22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man with Asperger s Syndrome

22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man with Asperger s Syndrome Author Rudy Simone
ISBN-10 1846429455
Year 2009-05-15
Pages 112
Language en
Publisher Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Although having Asperger Syndrome (AS) can make romantic relations difficult, having a fulfilling relationship with an Asperger man is certainly not impossible. A woman in love with a man with AS may interpret his difficulties with communication and socialization as a lack of interest in the relationship. He may vacillate between being gentle and caring to seeming cold and distant. She may find his behaviour hard to understand, resulting in feelings of loneliness, isolation, and confusion. This book shows how to overcome these difficulties and maintain a loving relationship with an AS partner. From an unwillingness to show affection in public or even sleep in the same bed to problems holding down a job, this book looks at 22 common traits that women may discover when they are dating, living with or married to a man with Asperger's Syndrome. Rudy Simone explores the complications of Asperger's relationships with honesty and understanding, drawing on research and personal experience to inform and advise women with AS partners. She offers helpful tips for improving the relationship and finding fulfillment both individually and as a couple. This book will help women to understand the male Asperger's mind and, equally, it can help men with AS to see things from their partner's perspective. It will also be of interest to counsellors working with couples where the male partner has Asperger's Syndrome.

Very Late Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome Autism Spectrum Disorder

Very Late Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome  Autism Spectrum Disorder Author Philip Wylie
ISBN-10 9780857007780
Year 2014-08-21
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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As awareness and understanding of Asperger Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder increases, more adults are identifying themselves as being on the spectrum and seeking formal diagnosis. This book discusses the process, the pros and cons, and the after-effects of receiving an autism diagnosis in adulthood. Outlining the likely stages of the journey to diagnosis, this book looks at what the individual may go through as they become aware of their Asperger characteristics and as they seek pre-assessment and diagnosis, as well as common reactions upon receiving a diagnosis - from depression and anger to relief and self-acceptance. Combining practical guidance with advice from personal experience and interviews and correspondence with specialists in the field, the book discusses if and when to disclose to family, friends and employers, how to seek appropriate support services, and how to use the self-knowledge gained through diagnosis to live well in the future.

Aspergers in Love

Aspergers in Love Author Maxine Aston
ISBN-10 1846423945
Year 2003-03-14
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Asperger syndrome (AS) has often been considered to be incompatible with love and relationships, but as the number of people who are diagnosed with the disorder increases, it is becoming apparent that people with AS can and do have full and intimate relationships. Comparing and contrasting both AS and non-AS partners' viewpoints, this book frankly examines the fundamental aspects of relationships that are often complicated by the disorder. With all findings illustrated with case examples taken from interviews conducted with couples, the author tackles issues such as attraction, trust, communication, sex and intimacy, and parenting. Drawing on her extensive research and established career as a Relate counsellor, Maxine Aston has produced a much-needed analysis of intimate relationships where one adult has AS and this book is a must for all those with AS and their partners, as well as for friends, family and counsellors.

How to Be Black

How to Be Black Author Baratunde Thurston
ISBN-10 9780062098047
Year 2012-01-31
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins
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New York Times Bestseller Baratunde Thurston’s comedic memoir chronicles his coming-of-blackness and offers practical advice on everything from “How to Be the Black Friend” to “How to Be the (Next) Black President”. Have you ever been called “too black” or “not black enough”? Have you ever befriended or worked with a black person? Have you ever heard of black people? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you. It is also for anyone who can read, possesses intelligence, loves to laugh, and has ever felt a distance between who they know themselves to be and what the world expects. Raised by a pro-black, Pan-Afrikan single mother during the crack years of 1980s Washington, DC, and educated at Sidwell Friends School and Harvard University, Baratunde Thurston has more than over thirty years' experience being black. Now, through stories of his politically inspired Nigerian name, the heroics of his hippie mother, the murder of his drug-abusing father, and other revelatory black details, he shares with readers of all colors his wisdom and expertise in how to be black. “As a black woman, this book helped me realize I’m actually a white man.”—Patton Oswalt