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Sunday, June 29, 2014

"How Should I Say It?" A Workshop for Neuroexceptional Couples

From AANE.org
The Asperger's Association of New England

June 26, 2014

A Two-Day Workshop Presented by

AANE and Grace Myhill, in partnership with Carol Feldman Bass, are pleased to offer an action-based, weekend workshop on how to better communicate with your partner.
Communication in any type of relationship can be challenging.

Now add to that the difficulties and frustrations when each member of a couple appears to have very different:
  • Speaking styles
  • Auditory processing abilities
  • Perspectives
  • Tolerance for conflict
  • Capacity for problem solving 
This workshop is designed to address the communication issues in relationships in which one member of the couple identifies as having Asperger's or a related autism spectrum profile and the other member does not.

Methods

Using a combination of action methods, group members will experience what it might feel like to be in each other's shoes and to learn an alternative approach to communication from that perspective.


When:    10:00 am - 4:00pm Saturday, July 19, 2014 and
                     9:00am - 3:00pm Sunday, July 20, 2014

Where:  Asperger's Association of New England
                    51 Water St., Suite 206
                    Watertown, MA 02472

Cost:       $750 per couple for both days. This includes light breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. This group will be limited to 15 couples, and is subject to cancellation if not enough participants register.

For more information, please contact Grace Myhill by email to gmyhill@gmail.com, or call 617-504-3116.

About the Speakers

Grace Myhill is the Coordinator of Spouses/Partners Services at the Asperger's Association of New England, where she leads groups for neurodiverse couples and for spouses/partners of individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. She has a private psychotherapy practice in which she specializes in working with neurodiverse couples or spouses/ partners of individuals with Aspergers. Her offices are in Watertown and Wellesley, MA, and in Baltimore, MD. She is also available for consultations by phone or video conference.

Ms. Myhill co-authored the article Asperger Marriage: Viewing Partnerships through a Different Lens with Dania Jekel. She is a 2004 graduate of the BU School of Social Work and a 1983 graduate of Vassar College.

Carol Feldman-Bass is the founder of Social Dynamix, an interactive learning program that combines social pragmatics and theatre to help individuals overcome social anxiety and acquire the spontaneity that is critical to establishing warm social relationships. For the past several years she has worked collaboratively with AANE to develop and run groups entitled, "The Dating Game" and "Relationship Game" for men and women who have Asperger's Syndrome and wish to acquire better social skills.

She is a graduate of Vassar College and Boston University School of Law and is currently at Lesley University working on her Master's in Counseling and Drama Therapy. Ms. Bass is also a certified Life Coach and is in her last year of a six-year training program at the Hudson Valley Institute of Psychodrama. She has been a working actress and improvisor in New England for more than 12 years.

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