By Katherine Green
Women with ASD are a lot like other women.
Women with ASD are a lot like other women.
We sometimes get a We sometimes get a little obsessed with little obsessed with
our our romanticromantic interests.interests.
Elevated levels of dopamine lead to extreme focus to the exclusion of all
We are not always comfortable with group dynamics, we often prefer 1 close friend to many. For this reason a boyfriend or girlfriend may be our preferred means of
finding friendship altogether.
We have below average Theory of Mind. This is the ability to make a good
guess as to what someone else is
thinking or feeling.
Does he like me?
We get above average hits of We get above average hits of dopamine dopamine PLUS PLUS
The importance of that ONE The importance of that ONE relationship which is feeding most of relationship which is feeding most of
our social hungers.our social hungers. MINUSMINUS
A below average understanding of how A below average understanding of how the other person is feeling in return. the other person is feeling in return.
We may use books and films as social stories about how to get a partner. Unfortunately, they're usually
They teach us what qualities to look for in a partner.
The hero starts out grotesque (either in looks, status or behaviour) But a worthy female can make him princely.
If men are behaving badly it's because I am not sweet or pretty enough.
How couples should relate to each other.
And what happily ever after is supposed to look like
Plus we have such rich Plus we have such rich inner lives that our inner lives that our own stories (our own stories (our
fantasies) can seem as fantasies) can seem as real as reality. real as reality.
Sometimes we fall in love with the people in our head.
When we have difficulty regulating our thoughts and feelings our fantasies start to take on a life of their own.
When we think a lot about someone we don't know well, we are likely to fall in love with the stories we've made up about them.
And sometimes the people in real life reject us.
An inability to understand what's going on can lead to feeling traumatized when someone we loved, who we imagined loved us back, just suddenly leaves.
Which can then lead to more anxiety, about ourselves, and our ability to be loved.
People with People with developmental disorders developmental disorders
(Such as ASD) are (Such as ASD) are more vulnerable to more vulnerable to developing mental developing mental health issues. health issues.
Alexithymia: The inability to know
one's own emotions. A numbness
that often occurs when feelings
are ignored for a period of time.
When we go into survival mode and
stay there for too long. When
demands are placed above the
inner experience of the individual.
We lose touch with our feelings.
Boundaries: The line one draws for themselves - based on what they know of their own wants, needs and feeling that separates what they will tolerate from what they wont. It's hard to
have boundaries when one lacks a sense of their own feelings.
When we don't have good boundaries we tolerate
I often didn't get the respect I deserved in my relationships.
My ASD traits often meant I came across as dizzy or
childish. Over time most of my relationships took on a role
of parent/child. My partners, who stayed, would be
condescending and I would be grateful for the fact that they
were putting up with me.
Helpful Helpful Strategies...Strategies...
Help develop a strong sense of self (which leads to better boundaries).
Make a Me Wall.
An all about me book. What kind of person am I?
What do I like to do?
How am I compared to others?
What are my accomplishments and goals?
What do I want to do in the future tomorrow, in 10 years?
Make a list, album or wall collage of people in their life.
We need someone who can do more than just translate exchanges.
Someone who doesn't judge us for getting it wrong, being sensitive or living in our own head sometimes.
But someone who can also be honest and keep us grounded too.
Someone who gives us permission to be more authentic. Even if it takes us a while to get real.
A friend, mentor or therapist can help Contextualize experiences.
Who are boys? Or Girls?
How do I connect with them?
How do I communicate with them?
What does it mean to have a romantic relationship?
What is each person's role within the relationship?
Am I just supposed to look pretty and be easy going?
All the time?
What if I can't do that?
Can I express my feelings?
Can they express theirs?
What can I do if I don't understand them?
What if they don't understand me?
De-objectify the romantic interest.
You can't program the ASD out of a girl. Nor should you want to. Instead make sure she knows she is beautiful and worthy as is. Give her validation and teach her self care. Help her to trust herself.
Every like on my Facebook page lets a publisher know that there is an interest in stories about women with Autism.
I've spent hours putting this together. I'd be so grateful if you could take a moment to give me a like and help me
spread the message.
Slide 1Slide 2Slide 3Slide 4Slide 5Slide 6Special interests and routinesSlide 8Slide 9Slide 10Slide 11Slide 12BullyingSlide 14Slide 15Social imaginationSlide 17Slide 18Slide 19Slide 20Slide 21Slide 22Developing self esteemSlide 24Slide 25Slide 26Slide 27