Men with Asperger’s Syndrome are not able to recognize their own lack of empathy or their other deficits.
To achieve a successful relationship, a person also needs to understand and respect him- or herself.Adolescents with Asperger’s syndrome also are gullible and vulnerable to being given misinformation on relationships by fellow teenagers.Launched this year in conjunction with a sexologist and a dating coach, his free half-day workshops invite “Aspies” to meet, mingle and trade social cues more easily.The participants hear from experts, share their challenges and play out exercises involving speed networking, positive thinking and facial expressions. In one activity, participants pair up and sit facing each other in a row to describe who they are.“I love gadgets, I hate clothes shopping,” says Durham.Does he pick the exact moment when you’re trying to unpack the food shopping, feed the children and let the dog out, all at once, to ask why his navy argyle socks are not in the drawer?
If his behaviour seems inexplicable – and, frankly, infuriating – then you’ll be relieved to hear that there may be a good explanation for it: Asperger’s syndrome (AS).
Why should you know how to spot a man who has Asperger’s Syndrome? Yet, autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), which include Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), are all about communication challenges and lack of emotional understanding.
People with Asperger’s syndrome do not possess “Theory of Mind” abilities, which means they aren’t able to recognize and understand the thoughts, beliefs, desires and intentions of other people in order to make sense of their behavior.
If a lack of social skills, zero sensitivity and puzzling behaviour sums up your spouse, he could have Asperger’s syndrome, says Charlotte Pearson Methven.
But if you focus on the positive aspects, it could make him the ideal husband Is your other half more likely to remember the score of the FA Cup final 12 years ago than he is to buy a present for your child’s birthday?
Organizer Evan Mead at a social dating workshop for people with Asperger's Syndrome in downtown Toronto.