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Neurodiverse Relationships

Neurodiverse Relationships

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Association for Autism and Neurodiversity

Video Summary

  • Neurodiverse relationships present unique challenges for adults on the autism spectrum.
  • A woman visited the office seeking clarity about her 50-year marriage to a husband who displayed little physical or emotional intimacy, wondering if he had Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Neurodiverse couples encounter specific issues such as differences in executive function, need for downtime, communication styles, and demonstrating affection.
  • Healthy neurodiverse relationships require shared knowledge of each partner’s unique neurological difference and clear communication.
  • ANE started a couples group in 2001 and has now launched the Peter M Freedman Neurodiverse Couples Institute to provide training for therapists in understanding and supporting neurodiverse relationships.

Dr. Kenneth Roberson

Dr. Kenneth Roberson is an Adult Autism Psychologist in San Francisco with over 30 years of experience. Click below to ask a question or schedule an appointment.

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