Autism Family Counselors San Francisco CA

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Golden Gate Regional Center (San Francisco County)
(415) 546-9222
875 Stevenson Street - 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization

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Maria Less
510-848-1112; 1-800-644-2666
2198 6th St., Suite 100
Berkeley, CA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Schwab Learning
(650) 655-2410
1650 S. Amphlett Blvd., Suite 300
San Mateo, CA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization

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I CAN PLAY! Social Skills Group and Enrichment Classes
(619) 218-8744
11559-1 compass point drive north
San DIego, CA
Support Services
Camps, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Westside Coastal Family Resource Center
(310) 258-4063
5901 Green Valley Circle
Culver City, CA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Support for Families @ Open Gate Family Resource Center
(415) 920-5040
2601 Mission Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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STE Consultants
(510) 665-9700
2560 9th St., Suite 212M
Berkeley, CA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Lindamood Bell, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy, Research, 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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B.E.S.T. Services Inc.
(619) 442-1271
411 S Magnolia Ave
El Cajon, CA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Autism Behavior Consultants (Norco)
(951) 737-6300
1880 Town & Country
Norco, CA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Dayle McIntosh Center - South County
(949) 460-7784
24012 Calle De La Plata Suite #210
Laguna Hills, CA
Support Services
Independent Living Centers, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Residential Facility

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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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