Autism Family Counselors Hartford CT

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ARC of Connecticut
(860) 953-8335
1030 New Britain Avenue, Suite 102B
W. Hartford, CT
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Autism Spectrum Differences Institute of New England, Inc.
(860) 257-9911
2189 Silas Deane Highway
Rocky Hill, CT
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Academic Assessments, Adult Support, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy, Research, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, 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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Creative Development, LLC
(860) 284-9779
124 Simsbury Road
Avon, CT
Support Services
Adult Support, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Eminent Minds
(860) 558-3399
39 Garden St
Enfield, CT
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), RDI, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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CT FEAT
(860) 571-3888
P.O. Box 370352
West Hartford, CT
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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River Street School
(860) 298-9079
601 River Street
Windsor, CT
Support Services
Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut
(860) 721-9226; (800) 899-3745 (in CT)
1800 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 168
Rocky Hill, CT
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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University of Connecticut, A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence (AUCD)
(860) 679-1500
263 Farmington Ave., MC 6222
Farmington, CT
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Connecticut, Inc.
(860) 523-4951
P.O. Box 370312
West Hartford, CT
Support Services
Legal Services, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Positive Choices
(508) 330-8290
13 Donna Street
Enfield, CT
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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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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