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Living With A Partner With Asperger’s Syndrome

Making a success out of a relationship can be a challenge for anyone, more so if one of the partner’s in the relationship has Asperger’s Syndrome.

Stress, repeated misunderstandings and anger are quite commonplace in such situations when the two parties are unable to understand and therefore cater to the needs of their other half.

Let’s take a look at some of the aspects of living with a partner who has Asperger’s Syndrome and how the situation can be improved.

Social Life

As the person suffering from the syndrome will have difficulty socializing, it will often fall to their partner to come in and help them out. This does over time become tiring. They may start living separate lives.

Help your friends and family understand Asperger’s Syndrome. Socialize in small groups. Allow them to develop a sense of comfort with people. Call friends over to your place. A familiar area will help them relax and have fun.

Raising Children

Contrary to popular belief, individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome are empathetic. If there are kids involved in your relationship, you shouldn’t be too worried about the lack of empathy.   They sincerely care about the people in their lives. They simply have trouble understand other people’s tone, voice or body language.

Coping Mechanisms To Keep in Place

Partners with Asperger’s have the same desire to be in a happy relationship and to be good parents, but they need some support and understanding to help them to do so. A few ways the other partner can employ to help improve quality of life in the marriage are:

  1. Direct communication.The needs of the other partner need to be communicated directly without relying on emotions to convey their messages.
  2. Parenting Ground Rules. The Asperger’s partner has to be taught how to react to their children’s behavior and when they need to stop disciplining them.
  3. Seek Therapy. Individual and couples therapy is a great way for partners to come terms about each other’s needs. Understanding will reduce much of the frustration otherwise faced.
  4. Join a Support Group.Befriend couples with a similar situation to yours and get advice on how they manage.

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Asperger’s Syndrome can put a strain on any relationship. But it’s not without its solutions. If you want to know more about Autism spectrum disorders and how to handle them, check out Orange County, New York For Autism, a group dedicated to raising awareness about autism.

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