I have an announcement!
I am going to be giving a presentation on autism and romantic relationships at the Autism Spectrum Education Network’s spring conference this March.
Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM
Location: Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin, NJ (08830)
The title of my talk is:
Neurologically Mixed Relationships: How to Make Them Work
My presentation will focus on AS/AS relationships (where both parties are on the autism spectrum) and AS/NT relationships (where only one party is autistic).
We’ve all heard that communication and emotional support are the foundations of a healthy relationship, but what about those of us “not wired to connect,” and not programmed to support? If autism can make superficial small talk awkward, then delving into those deep, heartfelt needs and feelings can often feel downright impossible!
Whether you’re a neurotypical struggling to connect with your autistic partner, an aspie confused by your NT partner’s nonsensical behavior, or two aspies trying to figure out how to talk about feelings in the first place, neurologically diverse relationships can feel like an uphill battle.
(Not to mention the sisyphean struggle of the single autistic!)
We autistics don’t naturally understand many of the things neurotypicals take for granted, and neurotypicals just can’t seem to figure out those things we see as logical and obvious. Sometimes it feels like autistics and NTs might as well be speaking different languages. But armed with the right tools, anyone can learn to speak another language.
My presentation will explore the ways in which autism and allism affect relationship dynamics for AS/NT and AS/AS pairings, highlighting the good that we can often miss, and teaching how to work through the bad that can feel so overwhelming.
If you’d be interesting in coming to my presentation, you can click here to read more about the conference and register to attend.
Hope to see you there! 🙂