Autism Family Counselors Puyallup WA

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Parent to Parent Power
(253) 531-2022
1118 South 142nd Street
Tacoma, WA
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Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Autism Center UW Tacoma
(253) 692-4721
University of Washington, Tacoma Box 358455
Tacoma, WA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Puget Sound Therapy Services (Tacoma)
(253) 383-2423
Tacoma Clinic
Tacoma, WA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Parents are Vital in Education (PAVE)
(253) 565-2266
6316 South 12th Street
Tacoma, WA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Northwest Behavioral Associates
(425) 823-6442
12506 128th Lane NE
Kirkland, WA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, RDI, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Parent to Parent of Pierce County
(800) 5PA-RENT
6316 So. 12th Street
Tacoma, WA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Autism Society of Washington
(253) 572-5203 or toll free (888) ASW 4 YOU
PO Box 111624
Tacoma, WA
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents)
(253) 565-2266
6316 South 12th Street
Tacoma, WA
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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MindSource Center
(253) 859-3505
27023 164th Ave SE
Covington/Kent, WA
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Counseling, RDI, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, 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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Marie McMahon, PsyD
(503) 544-6782
400 E. Evergreen Blvd
Vancouver, WA
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Support Organization

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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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