Autism Family Counselors Springfield IL

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Family T.I.E.S. Network
(217) 544-5809
830 South Spring Street
Springfield, IL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Autism Society of America - Central Illinois
(217) 241-2023
PO BOX 8781
Springfield, IL
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Activities, Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Products/Stores, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Easter Seals: Therapeutic Day School--Tinley Park and After School Program
(708) 802-9050
7400 West 183rd St.
Tinley Park, IL
Support Services
Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Elizabeth A. Zavodny, PsyD. (The Institute for Family Development)
(708) 403-3200
15010 S. Ravinia Ave., Suite 19
Orland Park, IL
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Academic Assessments, Adult Support, Advocates (Special Education), Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Other, Psychological Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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ABA Services - Specializing in ASD
(847) 498-5437
3100 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Military Families, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Research, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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The Autism Project
(217) 525-8332
928 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Research, Research, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Creative Counseling Associates
(630) 837-5303
106 Bartlett Avenue
Bartlett, IL
Support Services
Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Research, Sensory Integration, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Autism Society of Illinois
(630) 691-1270; (888) 691-1270
2200 South Main Street, Ste 205
Lombard, IL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, 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
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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American Hyperlexia Association (AHA)
(630) 415-2212
P.O. Box 335
Flossmoor, IL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, 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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