Autistics' Guide to Dating

Autistics' Guide to Dating

Autobiographical Approaches to "common Sense" Wisdom

Book - 2008
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Jessica Kingsley Pub

For people on the autism spectrum dating is so often an elusive art form, requiring the very skills--in communication, and in social perception--that don't come naturally to them. This book presents strategies for overcoming social skills deficits and sensory issues, to make for relationship success.

Emilia Murry Ramey and Jody John Ramey, both on the spectrum, reflect on their dating experiences and provide recommendations for relationships in both the short- and long-term. Their advice includes how to choose venues for meeting people that are free from discomfiting features; coping with typical experiences in the light of sensory issues such as close proximity with a partner, eye-contact, and physical intimacy; and moving on to extended, committed relationships, co-habiting and continuing to date after marriage.

Thorough, accessible, and very encouraging, this book is a must-read for Autistic people, those who love them, and those who are in love with them.


This book presents strategies for overcoming social skills deficits and sensory issues, to make for relationship success. The authors, both on the spectrum, reflect on their dating experiences and provide recommendations for relationships in both the short- and long-term. The book is thorough, accessible, and very encouraging.

Baker & Taylor
The authors describe their own experiences as an autistic couple and provide advice for other on the autistic spectrum and their families on topics related to dating, including making eye contact, social skills, and personal space.

Book News
In a series of narratives, the Rameys describe how they perceived themselves as being on spectrum, how they understood and applied ideas about friendship and dating, how they met and became friends, how they engineered their dating experiences, when they decided their relationship was a true romance, how they learned to locate intimacy, and how they decided to move toward marriage. They are lyrical, honest and sensitive to the needs of readers on spectrum and their families and provide helpful advice on self-evaluation, suitable activities and venues, learning about each other, and living joyfully as a couple on spectrum. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008
ISBN: 9781843108818
184310881X
Characteristics: 125 p. : ill. ; 125 cm
Additional Contributors: Ramey, Jody John

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