People with classic autism can have severe impairments in language development and the ability to relate to others.
Those with Asperger’s syndrome are affected to a lesser degree, but often have difficulties connecting on a social and emotional level.
Rob believed his parents had the situation under control so it was unnecessary to make 2.5-hour drive.
Jurintha finally convinced Rob that they had to go. Rob didn’t see how upset my younger son was and how exhausted his parents were either.
“The first question my son asked was ‘Did you leave work right away to come up? He started working the next day."After that incident, Jurintha demanded that Rob see a psychologist to get an Asperger’s assessment.
After the diagnosis, Rob started therapy, and he has made big strides in understanding how his Asperger’s affects the marriage. For the most part, people with Asperger’s want to be loving partners and parents, but they need help learning how to do it, says Jurintha.
It takes a lot of work to make a marriage or other long-term relationship a success.
And when one partner has Asperger’s syndrome, the relationship can be even more of a challenge.
They may unwittingly say or do inappropriate things that offend or hurt others’ feelings.On the upside, “she can enter into play with him in ways that I cannot, imaginatively creating worlds together," Bennett says.