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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (15 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843106051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843106050
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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... this book takes on an important, previously unexplored topic... The subjects, whose thoughts and advice she here shares, are frank and do not sugarcoat the difficulties that can arise in these relationships. -- Library Journal The great joy of this book is that it is based almost entirely on the contributions of people with AS and their partners... I consider this book to be both accessible and hugely inspiring. -- GAP There is a long history of specialty self-help books regarding love and relationships for adults; however, few books target adults with Asperger Syndrome as the intended audience. Sarah Hendrickx's book, Love, Sex & Long-Term Relationships: What People with Asperger Syndrome Really Really Want, is a welcome addition to this collection of literature. Written primarily as an instructional guide for adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and their partners, this book offers a direct and focused discussion about dating, relationships, love and intimacy, and sexual behaviors... this book is recommended for adults with AS and their partners. It provides a concise yet fairly comprehensive set of topics regarding relationships, love and sex and offers a common language for individuals to begin thinking and communicating about with their partners... this book offers clear strategies for overcoming potential barriers to successful relationships that can be utilized by motivated individuals with AS and their partners. -- Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Many People on the autism spectrum have limited knowledge of how to establish or conduct sexual relationships: drawing on extensive research with people on the autism spectrum, the book openly explores such questions. For the first time people with AS discuss their desires, needs and preferences in their own words. AS attitudes to issues such as gender, sexual identity and infidelity are included, as well as positive advice for developing relationships and exploring options and choices for sexual pleasure. This accessible book is an invaluable source of information and support for those with Asperger Syndrome and couples in which one or both partners has Asperger Syndrome, as well as counsellors and health and social care professionals. -- Autism US A really good read. As a mother of an eighteen year old youth with Asperger syndrome, I was totally able to see where the author was coming from. Very informative and a useful guide for any Aspie Adolescent. -- Asperger East Anglia Sex is not often openly talked about, even less so when in relation to autistic spectrum disorder. This book is accessible, informative for psychologists and serves as a self-help guide for people on the autistic spectrum and their partners. The text addresses the issues often faced while in, or searching for, a committed sexual relationship. It gives clear and tangible advice about ways to improve communication in this context...The frankness of this book is refreshing. Self-help books examining neuro-typical sex would benefit from taking such a straightforward, uninhibited approach. -- The Psychologist

About the Author

Sarah Hendrickx is a Training Manager at Aspire, a project offering training for organisations and mentoring for adults with Asperger Syndrome in Brighton and Hove, UK. Sarah also works as a freelance trainer and consultant in autistic spectrum conditions. With her partner Keith, who has been diagnosed with AS, she is the co-author of Asperger Syndrome - A Love Story, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


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The book was very helpfull to me, and reads easily. Numerous usefull citations from people with AS or their other halves are included. The citations gave me the feeling that this book gives a multi-perspective view on the problem.

It was a bit depressive to see that a lot of AS people have the same problems as I do indicating that my problem was real and I have to life with it. However after a couple of days I started seeing the good things of the book. E.g.: for the first time in my life I realized that there is nothing strange with me 26 y and AS not having had sex ever. It was interesting to see that many neuro-typical people actually appreciate lots of the characteristics of asperger people.

The book doesn't solve my problems, but it is reassuring and gave me spirit to not give up.
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This book helped me understand Aspergers issues better. Though, I have to point out that Aspergers is not a simple single condition like appendicitis, it is a range of issues which can vary enormously, and which are very different between male and female. But every piece of information helps.
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It's an ok book, and attempts to address the issues faced by Asperger's sufferers. However, it relies on multiple real-life quotes in order to make its points, and in doing so, loses its impact. A quote saying "this aspect doesn't affect me at all" for example doesn't really get us very far. There's no new information here, and i don't think the presence of multiple contributions lends any weight to the points in hand, it just makes it irritating to read, in my opinion. I'd buy "Aspergers in Love" over this any day. Average at best.
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I found it was a whole resume of the data collected from the surveys with little if any advice from the author. Only a few of the comments were somewhat 'interesting' with majority being from and about men with Aspergers. Very Little of help for women with Aspergers.
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