by Sarah Hendrickx and Keith Newton
Open, honest and upbeat, this book gives personal insight into both the
ups and downs of an Asperger relationship. Seeking to challenge the bad
press that people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) get as partners, Sarah and
Keith tell their story of how they are making it work - and also how
they got it wrong - with disarming frankness and humour.
When Sarah and Keith met in 2003 neither knew much
about Asperger Syndrome. Sarah thought Keith was `weird' and couldn't
work out why; and Keith thought Sarah was obsessed with diagnosing him
with something-or-other. Difficulties ensued that brought the
relationship to an end. Slowly, however, they each built up their
knowledge of AS and in the meantime developed a mutual understanding,
mutual acceptance and a desire to be together again.
This personal account is supplemented with
professional knowledge and anecdotes gained from Sarah's work with
adults with AS - a career which started as a result of her experiences
with Keith. She swears that she didn't take her work home with her! It
is inspiring reading for couples in Asperger relationships as well as
for counselling professionals.