Autism Family Counselors Richmond VA

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Parents and Children Coping Together (PACCT)
(800) 477-0946
P.O. Box 26691
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Virginia Autism Resource Center -- Richmond Offices
(804) 674-8888 x 5162
4100 Price Club Blvd
Midlothian, VA
Support Services
Adult Support, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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Autism Society of Northern Virginia
(703) 495-8444
P.O. Box 1334
Vienna, VA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Family Compass
(703) 471-5517
11150 Sunset Hills Road
Reston, VA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, RDI, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Center for Excellence/ Psychological Services
(757) 640-1882
4101 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, 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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The Faison School for Autism
(804) 827-3801
Affiliated with the Autism Center of Virginia at VCU, 1325 Palmyra Ave.
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Ashburn Psychological Services
(703) 723-2999
44110 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, Suite 251
Ashburn, VA
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, Academic Assessments, Adult Support, Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Doctor Referrals, Doctors, Psychiatrist, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Floortime, Hearing & CAPD Testing, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Military Families, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Virginia Institute of autism
(434) 923-8252
1414 Westwood Road
Charlottesville, VA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Education, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Psychological Counseling, Research, Research, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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C Rick Ellis, Ed.D.
(757) 640-1882
4101 Granby St
Norfolk, VA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Academic Assessments, Activities, Adult Support, Advocates (Special Education), Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Helpful Websites, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Research, Research, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, 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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Parents and Children Coping Together (PACCT)
(800) 477-0946
P.O. Box 26691
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, 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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