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My special area of interest and experience is Asperger's Syndrome in Relationships

Whilst I am continually gaining general counselling experience and undertaking professional development in a wide range of areas and topics, my particular area of interest and experience is Asperger's Syndrome in relationships, particularly the support of partners of adults with Asperger's Syndrome.

A meaningful part of my passion for partner support has also been to write about relationships affected by AS, and to attempt to provide validation and suggestions through the written word.  See "Brief Description" following, and also a list of my other literature and publications below.

Brief Description:
What is Asperger's Syndrome and how does it affect relationships?

Asperger's Syndrome is a milder form of Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Many adults with Asperger's Syndrome are well educated, hold down good jobs, are married and have families.  On the surface, although maybe seeming a bit "different", they appear to manage more or less normally.  However, the experiences of partners and family members strongly indicate that many adults with Asperger's Syndrome struggle terribly with the intimate and constant demands of relationships, home life and the variety of changes that typical lifestyles involve.

Relationships can deteriorate as conflict increases and neither the individual with AS nor partners or family members possess naturally the knowledge or skills to understand or resolve what is taking place in the relationship and home.  This leads to great confusion, frustration, distress, sometimes domestic violence and often marital and family breakdown.  Due to the hidden nature of the difficulties, a general lack of recognition of Asperger's Syndrome in society and limited access to support and experienced professional help, partners can become isolated, developing the signs and symptoms of depression, demoralisation, low self-esteem and confidence as well as stress-related illnesses in the long-term.

It is my belief, and that of all of the members of our partner support group ASPIA, that with adequate information, support and professional guidance, along with the motivation of the adult with Asperger's Syndrome to accept guidance, these situations can improve.  If the adult with AS will not consider learning about AS or accepting guidance, there is little hope for improvement in the relationship and the non-AS partner is encouraged to strengthen his/her personal support network and seek professional guidance about ways to alter expectations and responses within the relationship in order to reduce his/her own emotional distress.  Partners of adults with Asperger's Syndrome may need additional support in relation to loss and grief.

Follow this link to view the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder and also Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder

For a self-screening tool for Asperger's Syndrome based on Simon Baron-Cohen's work, follow this link: www.psychology-tools.com/autism-spectrum-quotient/

For a self screening tool of your Empathy Quotient (EQ), follow this link:

For further information specific to relationships affected by Asperger's Syndrome, visit www.aspia.org.au


Literature and publications authored by me:

  • PDF Document on communication difficulties in relationships affected by Asperger's Syndrome - "Crucial Communication Clues".  Includes discussion guides and worksheets.  $5.00 - see PayPal Shopping cart below or contact me for other payment options.Document will be emailed to you once payment is received.
  • Books for sale: See PayPal Shopping Cart below
  • Blog: See blog page on this website to read comments and thoughts designed to validate and support partners of adults with Asperger's Syndrome.
  • Newsletters and Literature available on ASPIA's websitewww.aspia.org.au



Book (A4 size): ASPIA's Handbook for Partner Support
ASPIA receives much positive feedback about this book especially due to helpful lists and "dot" points. Available also direct from Lulu Publishing or Amazon in paperback, eBook or Kindle - see links lower on page.
Price: $25.00
Book: Insight for the Journey
ASPIA Newsletter "Thoughts", cont'd. Available also direct from Lulu Publishing - see link lower on page.
Price: $11.00
PDF Document: Crucial Communication Clues
Comprehensive look at communication difficulties in relationships affected by AS. Includes discussion guides & worksheets.
Price: $5.00
PDF Presentation "Insights from the Inside"
Originally prepared to educate therapists about what relationships affected by AS can look like behind closed doors. Well received. Includes interesting facts and figures, comments re diagnosis, partner descriptions, what it may look like in the consulting room, helpful links and references, etc. 42 pages.
Price: $45.00
































Detailed information about my Books:


ASPIA's Handbook for Partner Support

A Collection of ASPIA's best information for the support of partners of adults with Asperger's Syndrome.

Written/Compiled by Carol Grigg OAM






This A4 size Handbook provides information and practical guides for partners of adults with Asperger's Syndrome (or traits of) based on 10 years of support group experience and educational opportunities.  Includes many helpful lists and "dot" points, making it a favourite.

I have copies of this book in stock for $25.00 including postage and packaging (Australia only).  Allow a week for delivery.
If you would like to purchase it direct from me, please select PayPal item above or contact me to arrange a direct deposit.

Now available on Lulu and Amazon in paperback, PDF eBook or KINDLE.

Follow the links below to preview and/or purchase the Handbook:






Insight for the Journey:
Validating and Supportive Thoughts
for Partners of Adults on the Spectrum
(Asperger's Syndrome)

by Carol Grigg OAM






This small volume contains a collection of Carol's "Newsletter Thoughts" which have become a tradition within ASPIA's support for partners of adults with Asperger’s Syndrome (Sydney). These thoughts, as well as several new essays which are also included, have been written since the publication of ASPIA's Handbook for Partner Support (2012).

I have copies of this book in stock for $11.00 including postage and packaging (Australia only).  Allow a week for delivery.
If you would like to purchase it direct from me, please select PayPal item above or contact me to arrange a direct deposit.

You can preview this book and purchase it anonymously (paperback) by following this link to the publishing site:  http://www.lulu.com/shop/carol-grigg/insight-for-the-journey/paperback/product-21640087.html


"Empathic understanding restores to the lonely and alienated individual a sense of belonging to the human race."
Maya Angelou

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