If you live in a household with Autism Spectrum Disorder, you certainly love someone with ASD. While there are many resources for raising children living with an ASD diagnosis, there appear to be far fewer resources for people who are married to someone on the spectrum. We know that there are many couples where one partner is on the spectrum, and these couples are generally seeking resources. Here are three resources for couples with ASD:
- Loving Someone with Asperger’s Syndrome: Understanding and Connecting with your Partner by Cindy N. Ariel PhD
- This book is approachable, strengths based, and balanced. Ariel provides a number of charts, activities, and challenges to improve communication, manage emotions, and improve happiness in partnerships.
- If you benefit from clear language, direct instruction, and visual supports, this book is for you!
- Side note: Chapters 6 and 7 are about anger and communication. Both chapters are outstanding resources for ANY human being, on the spectrum or not, partnered or solo. If you only have time in your life to read two chapters of a book, please choose these two.
- The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband by David Finch
- Prefer Edu-tainment? Me, too! This very funny, self-deprecating book is well loved by my client base. Some folks have even told me that this book saved their marriage!
- Loaded with examples that you can apply to your own life, this book is an easy, educational read. This book works best if you understand dry humor and have some level of insight into your own situation and can generalize from the experience of one family to yours.
- Married on the Spectrum: An interpersonal group run by Emily Daniels in Fort Collins
- My colleague, Emily Daniels, will be running a group for non-ASD partners. For more information, please contact Ms. Daniels.