Couples & Asperger's Syndrome

  • 5 hours 19 mins
  • 30 days to complete course
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Certificate of completion
  • Suitable for everyone

Course summary

The event will celebrate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and neurotypicality (NT) in relationships. We discuss the strengths both partners bring to their relationship, and the unique challenges of ASD in couple relationships. 

Conventional relationship strategies may have had limited utility in the past, leading to a sense of hopelessness about the relationship. We share our own discoveries of strategies that have been helpful in our clinical practice.

Who will benefit?

  • Couples where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum
  • Relationship counsellors
  • Clinical psychologists

Learning objectives

To identify the:

  • Characteristics of each partner that tend to be perceived as most attractive
  • Evolving signs that the relationship is different to conventional relationships
  • Effect of the relationship on each partner
  • Contrasting definitions of love and how to express love within the relationship
  • Issues with verbal, emotional and physical intimacy
  • Strategies to strengthen the relationship
  • Research findings on couples with one or both partners having signs of autism
  • Components of the Relationship Minefield programme

Module breakdown

Module 1

 

  • Qualities of an Asperger partner
  • What attracted you to your Aspie partner?
  • What attracted you to your neurotypical partner?
  • What signs indicated he or she was different?

Module 2

 

  • Question time
  • What signs indicated he or she was different? – continued
  • Effects of the relationship on each partner

Module 3

 

  • Question time
  • What strategies strengthen the relationship?
  • Research on couples where one partner has Asperger’s syndrome
  • The Relationship Minefield Programme
  • Session 1 Love and attraction
  • Session 2 Communication of thoughts and emotions
  • Session 3 Stress and anxiety management
  • Session 4 Anger expression and management
  • Session 5 Love and affection

Module 4

  • Question time
  • Session 6 Intimacy
  • Session 7 Working as a team
  • Session 8 The future