John Miller: Decoding Dating

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Mar 2017

Fred R. Volkmar

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John Miller: Decoding Dating

J Autism Dev Disord John Miller: Decoding Dating Fred R. Volkmar 0 0 Child Study Center, Yale University , PO Box 207900, New Haven, CT 06510 , USA - With earlier diagnosis and intervention many individuals with Autism and Asperger’s are now moving into adolescence and young adulthood seeking entry into many of the same activities that neurotypical tens and young adults engage in. One of the most problematic of these, for many young men, is the task of dating and negotiating the complex tasks of romantic interpersonal relationships. This is challenging even for the typically developing individual and even more so for students with social learning issues. Unfortunately relatively few resources have been available but fortunately this marvelous book will be of great help to individuals with Asperger’s and autism who seek to play the ‘dating game’. Written by a special educator who himself has Asperger’s the book provides an explicit, well organized and presented approach to the tasks of dating and intimate relationships. Mr. Miller addresses a wide variety of topics including the rules governing daring etiquette and the intricacies of sexual relationships. The chapters are presented in a logical and progressive sequence—stating with the issue of self-disclosure and ending with sexual relationships. The chapters each start with a summary/overview and then short sections summarizing the relevant issues and topics. Mr. Miller’s experience with high school students is invaluable here in the straightforward explanatory approach he brings to these complex topics. It is rare to see such a well-written book for typical teens much less those on the spectrum. This book will be of great value to young men with Asperger’s and autism who need a basic introduction to the topic—it will also be greatly appreciated by parents, teachers, and professionals who work with them.

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Fred R. Volkmar. John Miller: Decoding Dating, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2017, 1579-1579, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3068-6