Synopses & Reviews
Many people on the spectrum never get "the talk" from their parents, and suffer from "information deficit." This book goes a long way toward filling in the gaps in their knowledge. It takes a candid look at aspects of sex and relationships as they apply to people on the autism spectrum:
- building self-confidence
- personal grooming
- explicit advice on how to initiate sex with a partner
- avoiding pregnancy and STDs
- dealing with rejection
- how to build a loving relationship that includes sexual intimacy
This is an "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know" kind of book! Helpful chapters include:
- Surviving the First Wave of Sexual Interest
- What Should Parents Say and When Should They Say It?
- The Best Way to Date Someone is to Be Yourself
- Male & Female Advantages and Challenges in the Sexual Arena
- Sensory Issues in Sex!
- When Desire Leads to a Bad Relationship
- What Do Men Really Want?
- What Do Women Really Want?
- Birth Control, Disease Prevention and Personal Responsibility
- Rape, Molestation, and Abuse
“I will have my daughter with Asperger’s read this immediately, particularly the chapter on abuse. She NEEDS this information.”
Marianna Bond, Autism Chapter Leader
“I’m giving this to my 22-year-old son, and requiring my husband to read the chapter ‘What Do Women Want?’”
“I think this book will be terrific for all of us with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome!”
Lindsi Cavender, college student with Asperger’s Syndrome
Written by two adults diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, this groundbreaking, personal look at the sexual challenges of those diagnosed with autism or Asperger's includes advice on dating, sex, birth control, disease prevention, abuse, and personal responsibility.
Autism - Asperger's and Sexuality is a groundbreaking, personal look at the sexual challenges of those diagnosed with autism or Asperger's Syndrome. Authors Jerry and Mary Newport were both diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome as adults. They spent much of their lives trying to be "normal" and never quite fitting in. Yet they beat the odds by becoming one of the few married couples with autism that have not only found love, but kept it alive. Their stories were the focus of the movie Mozart the Whale, starring Josh Hartnett and Radha Mitchell. Here they share their first-hand knowledge, helping to guide young autistic adults and their caregivers through this sometimes bewildering, but fascinating, topic. This book includes advice on dating, sex, birth control, disease prevention, abuse, and personal responsibility.
About the Author
Jerry Newport was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was 47 years old. Now a popular international speaker, he is one of the foremost advocates on adult issues that impact people with autism / Asperger’s Syndrome. Jerry’s fascinating, touching, and often humorous perspective on living on the spectrum makes his books and presentations intriguing and informative. His story was even featured on 60 Minutes. Jerry has a BA in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, and was a financial assistant for the UCLA Department of Medicine. He has been active in the Autism Society of America and is responsible for starting and running Adult Group United and Autistic (AGUA), a support group for adults diagnosed with autism / Asperger’s / PDD.
Mary Newport feels both challenged and blessed by Asperger’s Syndrome. Her enthusiasm for life and head-on approach to challenges have enabled her to achieve success as an actress, composer, concert piano technician, gemologist, cosmetologist, and writer. Jerry and Mary live in Flagstaff, Arizona, and they hope their book will enrich your life, or the life of someone you love.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Dr. Teresa Bolick, author of Asperger’s and Adolescence
Chapter 1: Social or Sexual Relationships are not Created Overnight
Chapter 2: Surviving the First Wave of Sexual Interest
Chapter 3: What Should Parents Say and When Should They Say It?
Chapter 4: The Best Way to Date Someone is to Be Yourself
Chapter 5: Male & Female Advantages and Challenges in the Sexual Arena
Chapter 6: Sensory Issues in Sex!
Chapter 7: When Desire Leads to a Bad Relationship
Chapter 8: What Do Men Really Want?
Chapter 9: What Do Women Really Want?
Chapter 10: Birth Control, Disease Prevention and Personal Responsibility
Chapter 11: Roads Less Traveled By and the Right to Travel Them
Chapter 12: Rape, Molestation, and Abuse
Chapter 13: What About the Late Bloomers?
Jerry & Mary Interview