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Out of Mind - Out of Sight: Parenting with a Partner with Asperger Syndrome (ASD)Kathy J. Marshack, Ph.D.
Dr. Marshack's newest book - “Out of Mind – Out of Sight: Parenting with a Partner with Asperger Syndrome (ASD)” is now available for purchase on Amazon in paperback or Kindle edition.
Learn more and download a free sample chapter below.
“Out of Mind – Out of Sight” addresses the unique issues that come up when you’re co-parenting with an Asperger partner. Dr. Marshack firmly believes that knowledge is power. If you’re Neuro-Typical (NT) the more you know about Asperger Syndrome, the better able you are to parent, co-parent, co-exist and even thrive within your Asperger/NT family.
Watch this short video to learn how this book can give you hope...
This book is a follow-up to her first book to explore Asperger relationships, Life with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome: Going over the Edge? Practical Steps to Saving You and Your Relationship, which garnered worldwide attention due to its unforgivingly realistic portrayal of loving someone with Asperger’s. Once again, in this new book readers will find it is not a quirky, upbeat human-interest story on Asperger Syndrome. Instead, Dr. Marshack focuses on the real, often harsh, realities that an NT faces when co-parenting with an Aspie – the anguish, fears and losses of the NT parent. However, she also provides hope and ideas on how to co-parent more successfully. It’s the revealing of the dark side of these relationships that empowers us to search for solutions to the all-too-real problems of the AS/NT family.
Researchers have made great strides forward in showing us how to understand the differences in the way Aspies and NTs think. (Although Dr. Marshack principally uses the more familiar term Asperger Syndrome, she also uses “Autism Spectrum Disorder” and appreciates its accuracy and more holistic approach to this diagnosis.) They have found that due to their lack of empathy Aspies have context blindness, or the inability to make meaning of the circumstances and events that form the environment of relationships. It’s not hard to imagine why co-parenting with an Asperger Syndrome mate can be such a challenge for an NT.
How is an NT parent supposed to share the multi-dimensional work of parenting with a spouse who has no concept of the empathic glue that holds the parent/child relationship (and the parent/parent relationship) together?
The answer to this question is explored in all its multi-faceted complexities in this book. There are no shortcuts and no easy answers, but read what Dr. Marshack says she hopes you will find in these pages...
“I hope this book gets into the hands of parents who really need to know that they are not alone. Parenting with a partner with Asperger Syndrome (AS) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one tough assignment. Many times you feel desperately alone, because your AS spouse, the one person you should be able to confide in, can’t read your mind or fathom your feelings. Even worse is the disappointment that comes when you reach out to friends and professionals, who do not comprehend the ongoing traumatic relationship disorder that is the center of your life.
This time, know that you are understood: Every page carries that promise. I have lived this life, too. You may not always be understood in “real time,” but through the following pages you can connect with a mom, a daughter, a wife and a psychologist who has lived the life of a neuro-typical (NT) in an Aspie family. This promise provides a pretty good place to start reviving your marriage and your parenting—and claiming personal freedom.”