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logo Maxine Aston
MSc. Health Psychology
C&G 7407 Further Education
Diploma in Casework Supervision

Specialising in relationships affected by Asperger Syndrome.
Individual, couple and family counselling.
Conference speeches, lectures & workshops.

Author of What Men With Asperger Syndrome Want to Know,   The Asperger Couple's Workbook,   Aspergers in Love  &   The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome

What Men with Asperger Syndrome Want to Know
About Women, Dating and Relationships
What Men With Asperger Syndrome Want to Know Foreword This book provides information and wisdom on how someone with Asperger syndrome can achieve, maintain and enjoy a successful long-term relationship. The content resonates with my experience of supporting and guiding so many adults with Asperger syndrome seeking a partner or requesting relationship counselling, from a couple who have only recently fallen in love to those who have been together for decades and become grandparents. If you have Asperger syndrome or are in a relationship with someone who has Asperger syndrome this book will change your life for the better.
(From the Foreword by Professor Tony Attwood, Minds and Hearts Clinic, Brisbane, Australia).

Synopsis This comprehensive handbook is essential reading for men with Asperger Syndrome (and their partners). It will also be of immeasurable use to counsellors and other professionals working with such individuals.
Published: Jessica Kingsley (July 2012).
ISBN 978-1-84905-269-6

The Asperger Couple's Workbook
Practical Advice and Activities for Couples and Counsellors.
The Asperger Couple's Workbook Review This book is a positive addition to Asperger Syndrome (AS)/Neurotypical (NT) relationship literature providing not only information, but also useful tools and strategies to deal with typical AS/NT issues. Maxine has included excellent definitions and explanations of the differences between the AS and NT partner and places strong emphasis on the fact that being different doesn't mean being wrong. We would recommend this workbook to AS/NT couples seeking practical solutions to many of the day-to-day issues that this type of relationship brings. This book will really make a difference to those who want to live more harmoniously together.
(Sarah Hendrickx and Keith Newton, authors of Asperger Syndrome - A Love Story).

Synopsis Asperger Syndrome (AS) can affect some of the fundamental ingredients required to make relationships work, such as emotional empathy and communication. This workbook provides couples affected by AS with strategies that will benefit their relationship together, and their family as a whole.With candid advice, activities and worksheets, the book explores a variety of approaches that couples can use to improve their relationship. Whilst acknowledging that all relationships are different and each needs to be viewed as a unique case, the author identifies specific issues that can be problematic in an Asperger relationship. The book provides a range of ideas based on years of research and counselling experience and covers crucial areas such as verbal and non-verbal communication, sexual issues, parenting and home life. This practical book is designed for use by couples and families affected by AS, either on their own or in conjunction with a counsellor.
Published: Jessica Kingsley (15 Oct 2008).
ISBN-10 1843102536
ISBN-13 978-1843102533

Couple Relationships and Family Affairs.
Aspergers in Love Maxine Aston is one of the few professionals currently working as a counsellor and researcher in the field of relationships in which one partner has Asperger Syndrome, and so she is uniquely placed to write this book... not only does she make clear the difficulties that both partners in such a relationship experience, she also suggests strategies for dealing with them...

Read this book and breathe a sigh of relief that there is really someone who does understand the impact of Asperger Syndrome on both partners in a "mixed marriage."

Taken from the Forward by Gisela and Chris Slater-Walker.

Synopsis Asperger syndrome (AS) has often been considered to be incompatible with love and relationships, but as the number of people who are diagnosed with the disorder increases, it is becoming apparent that people with AS can and do have full and intimate relationships. Comparing and contrasting both AS and non-AS partners' viewpoints, this book frankly examines the fundamental aspects of relationships that are often complicated by the disorder. With all findings illustrated with case examples taken from interviews conducted with couples, the author tackles issues such as attraction, trust, communication, sex and intimacy, and parenting. Drawing on her extensive research and established career as a Relate counsellor, Maxine Aston has produced a much-needed analysis of intimate relationships where one adult has AS and this book is a must for all those with AS and their partners, as well as for friends, family and counsellors.
Published: (2003) Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
ISBN 1-84310-115-7

The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome Written as a guide to living in an intimate relationship with a partner who has Asperger syndrome.
This book has shown to be a valuable guide to couples living in a relationship when one or both are affected by Asperger Syndrome.
The forward written by Dr Tony Attwood states:-
Maxine Aston has explored the relationships of adults with Asperger syndrome as part of her academic research, as a qualified couple counsellor specializing in this area, and from her own personal relationship experience. She knows what she is talking about. She uses quotations and real examples to illustrate her points giving guidance to couples with a compassionate understanding of both perspectives. Her insight is extraordinary and her positive attitude and strategies for successful relationships make this an essential guide for couples and counsellors.

Published: (2001) The National Autistic Society
ISBN 1 899280 37 5

Attwood, Tony. Asperger syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1998

Attwood, Tony. The Complete Guide to Asperger's syndrome. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2007.

Bentley, Katrin. Alone Together Making an Asperger Marriage Work. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 2007.

Henault, Isabelle. Asperger's syndrome and Sexuality: From Adolescents through Adulthood. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2006.

Hendrickx, Sarah and Newton, Kieth. Asperger Syndrome - A Love Story. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 2007.

Lawson, Wendy. Sex, Sexuality and the Autistic Spectrum. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2005.

Jackson, Luke. Freaks, Geeks & Asperger's syndrome. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2002.

Rodman, Karen. Aspergers syndrome and Adults... Is Anyone Listening? Essays and Poems by Partners, Parents and Family Members of Adults with Asperger's syndrome. London, Jessica Kingsley; 2003.

Simone, Rudy. 22 Things a Woman should know If She Loves a Man With Asperger's Syndrome. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2010.

Willey, Liane Holliday. Pretending to Be Normal. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1999.

Willey, Liane Holliday.  Asperger's syndrome in the Family. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2001.

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