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An Asperger Marriage

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Book - An Asperger Marriage

by: Gisela Slater-Walker, Christopher Slater-Walker

About the author:

Chris & Gisela Slater-Walker are a married couple where one of the partners has Asperger's Syndrome. They hope to provide a positive message about Asperger's Syndrome within marriage, and to show that it is possible to maintain a functional and successful relationship.

ISBN: 978-1-84310-017-1

Year: 2002

Publication Info: Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (February 15, 2002)
Language: English


Four years ago, Chris Slater-Walker was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. For him this was an explanation of why he has always regarded himself as ‘socially handicapped,’ but for his wife Gisela it meant coming to terms with a marriage in which there would never be any intuitive understanding, despite Chris’s good intentions. This book is an open and honest account of a long and still unfinished process of learning to live with a disability that some regard as incompatible with marriage. It is a story whose wider implications will be of compelling interest to anyone who has encountered autism spectrum conditions.



Foreword – Tony Attwood. 1. Introduction – Gisela. 2. Terminology – Gisela. 3. Relationships – Chris. 4. How we met – Gisela. 5. Diagnosis – Chris. 6. ICD-10 Criteria for Asperger Syndrome. 7. Diagnosis – Gisela. 8. Communication – Chris. 9. Communication – Gisela. 10. Affection, sentimentality and intimacy – Chris. 11. Intimacy, romance and intuition – Gisela. 12. Sex. 13. Living together – Chris. 14. Living together – Gisela. 15. Parenthood – Chris. 16. Parenthood – Gisela. 17. Social life – Chris. 18. Social life – Gisela. 19. Employment – Gisela. 20. The future – Chris. 21. Postscript – Gisela. Bibliography.



By William McNeill “WooDMaN” (In a prison of my own making) – See all my reviews
This review is from: An Asperger Marriage (Paperback)
First comment: Flog the editor. Perhaps the cumbersome and confusing writing-style was intentional; however, I fear that it was merely sloppy.
Second comment: Having AS myself, I was hoping for insights into coping and avoiding pitfalls. Instead, what I got was a chronicle of another couple’s fumbles, stumbles and misunderstandings. I suppose the book lived up to its title; it never promised that it contained solutions or recommendations, merely that it was about An Asperger Marriage. I am still surprised by Tony Attwood’s endorsement of this book.
Summary: If you want a peak into the lives of one “Asperger Marriage”, this book may be for you. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for advice and guidance, keep looking. (and let me know when you find it!)


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