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.
• the implications of ASD in a relationship
• strategies to enhance communication
• manage different social styles and needs,
• manage anxiety, stress and depression
• increase emotional and physical intimacy
• increase mutual emotional and practical support.
Who will benefit
Couples where one of both are on the autism spectrum
About the speakers:
Prof. Tony Attwood PhD is an internationally recognised clinical psychologist, educator, and author. Recently featured on ABC’s Australian Story, Tony is one of the world’s foremost authorities on autism. His book Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals is an international best seller and seminal in the field.
Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist and Founder of Minds & Hearts, a clinic specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Michelle has co-authored four books on ASD. Her most recent book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism.
She has co-authored three books with Tony on emotion management for children and adolescents.