Autistics' Guide to Dating
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By Emilia Murry Ramey and Jody John Ramey ©2008.
Written as a guide, Autistics' Guide to Dating: A Book by Autistics, for Autistics and Those Who Love Them or Who Are in Love with Them, is especially helpful to any young adult finding it hard to navigate the relationship building waters. The authors, Emilia and Jody, spend time in each chapter not only giving relationship advice to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but also reflecting on their own relationship and how it blossomed.
The authors give advice on how to advance from acquaintances to dating partners, while emphasizing the importance of building friendships. Emilia and Jody know that good dating relationships are built on friendship, but also emphasize appropriate physical and emotional intimacy after committing to a long-term relationship.
Autistics' Guide to Dating, also addresses the caregivers and family members of people with more visible signs of autism, and what they should do to help their loved one learn about, and perhaps engage in, relationships and their own sexuality. Most chapters end with a call to action, including such "to dos" as: creating a dating plan, taking time to make friends, taking time to work on yourself, and sharing yourself in a positive way with your community.
Emilia and Jody have done a nice job of making tangible the unfamiliar nuances of romantic relationship building for individuals on the autism spectrum. (Softcover; 109 pages.)