ASPIA's Handbook for Partner Support

Published 2012

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CONTENTS
Section 1  The Journey Begins                                                                        Page 1
ASPIA:  A Place for Validation, Information, Inspiration                                                     
ASPIA’s Commitment                                                                                                              
Why write this book?                                                                                                              
Acknowledgements
About the Author
Introduction to Partner Support
Disclaimer

Section 2  The Legacy of Ignorance                                                              Page 13
Those Years without Light
Validation is Essential
Poem:  My Asperger Marriage
Poem:  The Hidden Face
ASPIA Marriage Brochure
Asperger’s Syndrome in Marriage, Helpful Explanations
and Information for the non-Asperger Partner
(original Spouse Workshop notes from 2001)
Essay - Asperger’s Syndrome in Adults and Families
The Tragedy of Late Diagnosis
Essay – When Divided Marriages became Divided Communities
Essay – Injustice in the Family Court
Essay – Healing the Divide
Essay – Are Asperger Marriages likely to be Abusive?
Essay – Change takes Time

Section 3  A Wealth of Helpful Information                                              Page 59
Quick Tips
Essential tips for getting through Conflict
ASPIA’s Self-Care Suggestions
Understanding does make a Difference:  Insights and Suggestions for Caring for Ourselves
Understanding does make a Difference:  Insights and Suggestions specific to the Relationship
Understanding does make a Difference:  Insights and Suggestions for understanding People with Asperger’s Syndrome

Section 4  Newsletter “Thoughts”
Validating and Supportive thoughts for the Journey                            Page 83
A Devastating Dearth of Information
A few Words about Loss and Grief
A Snapshot of Difficulties
A Word of Caution
About Empathy
Accepting the Reality
Adapting to Cope
Being the Problem
Caught off guard again
Food for Thought
Future Expectations
How we Think
Knowing what we do
Negotiating for Change
Oh to be heard
Out of the Mouths of
Perceptions of Conflict
Pressing the Pause Button
Reflecting with Hindsight
Relationships Essentials
Remembering who we are
Some thoughts shared
What goes on in ASPIA Support Group Meetings
When Difference Divides
Words and Tone

Section 5  Words fail us – Advocacy and Representation                 Page 119
“Without an Understanding of Asperger’s Syndrome, people make
a Moral Judgment” Tony Attwood, 13 August 2009.
Words Fail Us
Misjudged
Describing the Characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome
within Marital and Family Situations
Just present what is …
Suggested Approaches and Strategies for use with Families
where Asperger’s Syndrome is or may be present in an Adult
and when Welfare Intervention may be needed
Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009 (APAC 09), Sydney, Australia
Abstract Proposal – “Improved Awareness of Asperger’s Syndrome
within Care Systems may help prevent Family Breakdown”
Biographical Information of Author
Poster Presented – “Improved Awareness of Asperger’s Syndrome
within Care Systems may help prevent Family Breakdown”
Poster – Extended Version

Section 6  ASPIA’s Story                                                                                 Page 141
A Place for Validation, Information, Inspiration
A Sense of Belonging
Our Beginnings
Our Purpose
ASPIA’s Aims and Objectives, as provided on our
Application for Incorporation as an Association
ASPIA’s Constitution and Disclaimer
ASPIA Meetings … an inside view
ASPIA’s Unsung Hero – ten years on

Section 7  Establishing a Support Group
Samples and Guides                                                                                        Page 155
Eight Curative Factors of Group
Caution is Wise
Clarifying who ASPIA is for
A Few additional Words
Typical Meeting Format
What is ASPIA?
ASPIA Meeting Guide for New Attendees
ASPIA Meeting Guidelines/Rules

Section 8  Concluding Thoughts                                                                 Page 167
Essay:  Asperger’s Syndrome in Relationships – Is there Hope?
Essay:  That Elusive Potential
Essay:  When Hope Fades
The End

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