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By Gisela Slater-Walker, Christopher Slater-Walker, Tony Attwood
Whilst Chris Slater-Walker was once clinically determined with Asperger Syndrome it defined why he appeared himself as "socially handicapped", yet for Gisela it intended coming to phrases with a wedding with none intuitive knowing. this is often an account of residing with AS, usually concept incompatible with marriage.
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Unfortunately, since the diagnosis, the general trend seems to have been for me to appear to be even more profoundly affected by AS. This may be due to my using it as an excuse not to participate in any, or very few, social activities, although that isn’t the way I see it; the prospect and the reality of dealing with the usual kind of unstructured social occasions have become harder than ever. This of course is no fun for either of us, and I have to confess to being unwilling to make an effort to overcome this.
When we arrived at the hall where the conference was being held, we went over to speak to her. She was sorting through some slides, and didn’t look up at all, though she recalled with interest spending time with the producer of the programme. We agreed that we’d probably meet later. As we came away, Chris observed that she didn’t seem to want to talk to us; I think that he was shocked when I explained that that was precisely how he appeared to other people. 58 Gisela At the coffee break, Temple made herself available to discuss problems with people, and of course, she was surrounded by people who wanted their own specific questions answered.
This especially seems to happen when the situation doesn’t call for a spontaneous response, for example, in an intimate situation, or when we are arguing about something, which I deal with below. This means that we don’t enjoy what I take to be the usual husband–wife chitchat which they use when (they think that, not always correctly) no one else is looking. I know that Gisela discusses the ‘argument problem’ in Chapter 9, so I will put my point of view. For years after we started living together, Gisela would get annoyed about something and start haranguing me: it wouldn’t really be correct to call these incidents ‘arguments’ or ‘rows’ because they were almost entirely one-sided affairs.
An Asperger marriage by Gisela Slater-Walker, Christopher Slater-Walker, Tony Attwood