Sunday, November 16, 2008

Aspies, Autists and Relationships, Part IV: Relationships with Parents of Aspies and Autists

One thing I've found out since I started blogging is that there are a great many single parents of Aspie and especially autistic children. Serious conditions like that will strain any marriage, and some marriages don't survive the pressure.

If you've ever dated a single parent, you know you need to build a relationship with not only your boyfriend or girlfriend, but also the children. If one or more of the children has AS or autism, that's a special kind of achievement if you can make it work.

Tanya Savko, whose 14-year-old son Nigel is autistic, recently interviewed her boyfriend Rick for our relationships series. Note his message of acceptance and love, culminating in "Don’t worry about him being out in public and disturbing people; let him spread his wings a little more."

Here's to a long life together - Tanya, Rick and Nigel.

1 comment:

Tanya @ Teenautism said...

Jeff, thank you so much for your kind words and well-wishes. I appreciate it immensely. All the best to you and Emily, always.