Autism Family Counselors Chicago IL

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Autism Society of Illinois - Chicago/Southside
(773) 728-2979
1601 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Family Resource Center on Disabilities
(312) 939-3513
20 East Jackson Blvd., Suite 300
Chicago, IL
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Attune, Inc.
(773) 363-5450
1525 E. 55th St.
Chicago, IL
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Autism Society of Illinois - Southwest/Cook County
(708) 424-8565
Oak Lawn Library
Oak Lawn, IL
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Autism Society of Illinois - North Suburban
(773) 262-8503
Skokie Village Hall - Lower Level - Community Room
Skokie, IL
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
(312) 939-8622 or (800) 273-6027
17 N. State Street, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL
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Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Easter Seals Therapeutic Day School
(312) 808-0058
3424 South State Street
Chicago, IL
Support Services
Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Lisa Lombard, Ph.D.
(708) 655-0063
332 N. Scoville Ave.
Oak Park, IL
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Behavior Assessment, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Floortime, Marriage & Family Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Research, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Illinois Autism/ PDD Training and Technical Assistance Project
(708) 354-5730
The LaGrange Area Department of Special Education
LaGrange, IL
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization

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Therapeutic Interactions
(708) 387-1234
12 North Catherine
La Grange, IL
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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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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