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Need a place to talk and learn more about life with an adult with Asperger Syndrome? Not a therapy group, but a place to learn from others and to share your story about the often frustrating and isolating life of loving an adult with Asperger Syndrome.
Kathy Marshack, Ph.D. and author of "Going Over the Edge?" (2009) is your organizer, but by no means the leader of this group. This meetup is a forum for all of us to learn more, through books, films and guest speakers.
Starting with "Going over the Edge?" we discuss books on the subject of Asperger Syndrome, particularly those geared toward relationships with adults on the Autism Spectrum. Periodically a good film such as "Mozart and the Whale" creates a forum for an important discussion about life as a carer of an ASD adult. Occassionally an expert in the field is invited to the group to create a counterpoint to our personal experience.
For now I am reaching out to see how many of you Neuro-typicals are going to join me in this first of a kind group for those who love and care for adults with Asperger Syndrome. I will not turn anyone away, but as the group matures, and the numbers grow, I may create smaller venues for the meetup, so that everyone gets a chance to tell his or her story and learn from others.
If you are on the Autism Spectrum (either formally or informally diagnosed) please do not join this meetup. However, I have plans for a couples group soon, where it would be appropriate to have "mixed" couples attend.
Once I have an idea of the numbers I will post the location for the group.
Many people have asked me to start this group. It has been a long time in coming. I do hope you will join me and others to form a community for those of us who have this unique life of being in relationship with an adult on the autism spectrum.
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