Autism Family Counselors Buffalo NY

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Early Childhood Direction Center
(716) 878-7282
Childrens Hospital of Buffalo, 888 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY
Support Services
Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Child & Family Services
(716) 842-2750
330 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization

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The Greater Rochester Attention Deficit Disorder Association , Inc. (GRADDA)
585-251-2322; (585) 263-3323
339 East Ave, Suite 420
Rochester, NY
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Navigating the Spectrum
(914) 826-5300
1767 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers, NY
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Families Together in New York State, Inc.
(518) 432-0333
737 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Parent Network of WNY
(716) 332 - 4170; (866) 277- 4762
1000 Main Street
Buffalo, NY
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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DisAbility News & Views Radio Show
(716) 522-9185
P.O Box 1077
Williamsville, NY
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Auditory Integration Therapy, Disability Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Products/Stores, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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United Ways 2-1-1 Helpline: HelpLine in Westchester County
(914) 949-4636
336 Central Park Ave.
White Plains, NY
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Bronx Chapter Autism Society of America
(718) 519-4797
FSPDD at North Central Bronx Hosp., 3424 Kossuth Ave. Rm. 15A11
Bronx, NY
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Gil Tippy, PsyD
(516) 922-4097
East Norwich, NY
Support Services
Floortime, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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How Do I Handle Marriage To A Spouse With Asperger Syndrome?

How do I handle marriage to a spouse with Asperger Syndrome?

Lisa Jo Rudy

Question: How Do I Handle Marriage to a Spouse with Asperger Syndrome?

My husband was recently diagnosed as having Asperger syndrome, a high functioning type of autism. He graduated from an Ivy League school, but his self-absorption, social awkwardness and rigid behaviours have affected our marriage with devastating emotional impact. Is there hope for improvement?

Answer: From Dr, Bob Naseef:

If there is one word that describes the reaction of a family member to the diagnosis of autism in someone you love, that word is loneliness. That's what I hear in your question. Rest assured that you are not alone in having this response. There is help for your husband as well as yourself. Now that autism is more widely recognized, adults as well as children, who may have not been identified as autistic in the past, are being diagnosed. This is particularly true for high functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger Sydrome (AS).

There is even a web site devoted to the issues faced by spouses and partners at Asperger Syndrome Partners and Individuals Resources, Encouragement & Support . There are numerous helpful articles archived there. There is also an e-mail subscription list for individuals with AS, and those who have a parent, spouse, or child with AS. Family and relational experiences, resources, survival tips, encouragement, and hope are offered there.

It is through this kind of sharing that many people help each other lighten the burdens of living and find coping strategies and solutions for many issues in relationships. Certainly it is not easy to bridge the communication gap that exists in the everyday life which you describe. Being simultaneously relieved and trapped is a treacherous dilemma. Usually with more information comes hope, so I would suggest you begin to learn more about Asperger syndrome. There are numerous books and websites. One good medical site to start at would be the PENN Social Learning Disorders Program . There you will see your husband's condition described as a social learning disorder which is a helpful way to look at his differences and the challenges that face both of you.

It is also important to look at the history of your relationship. You must have had good times together and shared positive feelings about each other. Try to recapture whatever glimmers of that you can of what brought you together. You may benefit from consultation with a mental health professional who is experienced in helping people in your kind of situation. Even if your husband won't go with you, you may gain some insight into the relationship that will help you regain some hope, and possibly change the chemistry of what is happening right now in your relationship.

From Dr. Cindy Ariel:

It is often both a major relief and a major disappointment to be diagnosed or married to someone who is diagnosed on the autism spectrum as an adult. Your hopes may b...

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