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Are you an adult with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger's? Are you in a relationship with someone on the autism spectrum? Are you struggling emotionally, socially, spiritually or otherwise? Then you've come to the right place. We are here to help you in any way we can. Kick off your shoes and stay awhile...
Men with ASD [level 1]: Summary of Traits that Affect Relationships
Peculiar people have always been around, but ASD [Asperger's] - also called high-functioning autism - isn't always recognized as a possible cause of odd behavior. The symptoms of AS can be mild (causing only somewhat unusual behavior), or severe (causing an inability to function in society without assistance).
For the "neurotypical" (i.e., non-autistic) women out there who are contemplating developing a relationship with a male on the autism spectrum - or for those who are already in such a relationship - below is a summary of the traits associated with the disorder that may be helpful in understanding your future boyfriend or husband.
Men with ASD:
1.have trouble deciphering the normal rules of society, which impacts their home, work and social lives
2.are often unable to understand other people's emotional states
3.often want to "fit in" with their peer group - but don't know how
42.are often physically awkward and have a peculiar walk, poor posture, general clumsiness, or difficulty with physical tasks
43.may appear rude or obnoxious to others
44.can be inflexible in their thinking, unable to imagine a different outcome to a given situation than the one they perceive
45.may be reluctant to initiate conversation and may require prodding to talk
46.often choose inappropriate topics to discuss in a group setting or find making small talk difficult or even annoying
47.may demonstrate unusual non-verbal communication, such as limited facial expressions or awkward body posturing
48.develop strict lifestyle routines and experience anxiety and distress if that routine is disrupted
49.often engage in one-sided conversations without regard to whether anyone is listening to them
50.may feel disconnected and distant from the rest of the world, a feeling called "wrong planet" syndrome
51.may flap their hands or fingers, or make complex body movements
52.have difficulty interacting in social groups
53.have trouble with organization and seeing the "big picture," often focusing on one aspect of a project or task
54.may process information more slowly than normal, making it difficult to participate in discussions or activities that require quick thinking
55.may keep extensive written to-do lists or keep a mental checklist of their plans
Some may view the traits above as largely negative. Others may view them as simply a different way of viewing - and interacting with - the world. More on this topic can be found here ==> Aspergers: Disability or Unique Ability?
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