New Zealand's leading training providers on autism

Dr Tony Attwood is an internationally recognised clinical psychologist, educator, and author who has specialised in autism spectrum disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. Tony is one of the world’s foremost authorities on autism.

Dr Michelle Garnett is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism for 27 years. In 2005 she founded Minds & Hearts, a now internationally recognised clinic specialising in autism spectrum disorders. Her research has informed understanding of early detection, the female profile and the importance of good mental health. Michelle has co-authored five highly regarded books on ASD, including three books with Tony.


    Couples and Aspergers Syndrome

    | with Dr Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

    Available for 30 days on-demand 

    This course will celebrate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and neurotypicality (NT) in relationships. In this course Tony discusses the strengths both partners bring to their relationship, and the unique challenges of ASD in couple relationships. 

    Conventional relationship strategies may have had limited utility in the past, leading to a sense of hopelessness about the relationship. Tony shares his own discoveries of strategies that have been helpful in his clinical practice.

    Who should attend:

    • Couples where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum
    • Relationship counsellors
    • Clinical psychologists

    Course summary:

    Learning objectives

    To identify the:

    • Characteristics of each partner that tend to be perceived as most attractive
    • Evolving signs that the relationship is different to conventional relationships
    • Effect of the relationship on each partner
    • Contrasting definitions of love and how to express love within the relationship
    • Issues with verbal, emotional and physical intimacy
    • Strategies to strengthen the relationship
    • Research findings on couples with one or both partners having signs of autism
    • Components of the Relationship Minefield programme

    Module breakdown:

    Module 1 

    • Qualities of an Asperger partner
    • What attracted you to your Aspie partner?
    • What attracted you to your neurotypical partner?
    • What signs indicated he or she was different?

    Module 2 

    • Question time
    • What signs indicated he or she was different? – continued
    • Effects of the relationship on each partner

    Module 3 

    • Question time
    • What strategies strengthen the relationship?
    • Research on couples where one partner has Asperger’s syndrome
    • The Relationship Minefield Programme
    • Session 1 - Love and attraction
    • Session 2 - Communication of thoughts and emotions
    • Session 3 - Stress and anxiety management
    • Session 4 - Anger expression and management
    • Session 5 - Love and affection

    Module 4

    • Question time
    • Session 6 - Intimacy
    • Session 7 - Working as a team
    • Session 8 - The future

    Cost (per person including GST):

    $225 per Registration which must be paid prior to access being given to the online course.

    Registration includes 30 days access to the on-demand recording.


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