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By Karen E. Rodman, Tony Attwood

'This brief e-book, a suite of essays and poems, appears on the loneliness, frustration and disappointment skilled, now not through the individual with the syndrome, yet via their companions, mom and dad and different kin: it really is they who've to deal with the absence of verbal exchange, affection and empathy anticipated from a reciprocal loving relationship.'

- Irish magazine of clinical Science

The problems confronted by means of individuals with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) can't be underestimated, however the emotional difficulties skilled by way of those that aid them - companions, friends and family - are usually over-looked. concentrating on what's often called the Cassandra phenomenon, the place the neurotypical associate usually wishes extra emotional suggestions than the AS accomplice, this quantity gathers jointly letters, innovations and poems to offer voice to the loneliness, frustration and love felt by way of many people who're with regards to a number of individuals with AS. Assembled via FAAAS Inc. (Families of Adults with Asperger's Syndrome), a well known help staff in particular for kin, buddies and family of individuals with AS, this assortment will give you the emotional help, perception and knowing had to care for the feelings that AS inspires inside shut relationships.

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But your feelings are locked away behind that thick glass wall and you don’t care or even hear my heartache and desperate call. I haven’t always understood that you can’t connect with me. I thought you cruelly rejected my deepest self you see. 38 Behind a Glass Wall My deepest self that feels and expresses not in words an inflexion or a tone of voice or body language that occurs. My precious lonely husband behind glass you’re locked away. My eyes can see a smorgasbord but I’m starving every day.

Not understanding sarcasm. A person may think someone is romantically interested in him or her when just being kind or friendly. (One young man’s girlfriend of several months went to bed with him and nothing happened because he didn’t know if she wanted him to. One young man met a girl on a week’s holiday and pestered his social worker to facilitate his move to the hostel in the town where she lived. In spite of his family’s foreboding this was done. Nobody realized that he had not informed the young lady of his intentions.

They made two years together before she couldn’t stand any more. His rages were unreasonable and unpredictable. He couldn’t imagine why she needed to sleep when he didn’t. He had no idea why she was tired just because she was taking care of a baby. None of his decisions made sense. He wanted to go to college but he didn’t want to go to class. He would drink beer, stay up all night, sleep through classes, and then complain because he had to work part-time. He has gone through countless semester starts without completion, more jobs than you can imagine with long periods of unemployment.

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