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Translating the worlds of the autistic and neurotypical partners

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Swenson Coaching: The School

Over the years of working with neurodiverse couples, I've noticed that there are many recurrent challenges that arise and present obstacles for both partners. I have created a website dedicated to offering courses which address these challenges one by one in an effort to provide the information to as many couples around the world as might be interested in exploring neurodiversity. 

The teaching site is called The Neurodiverse Couple.  You'll find information about all the courses on the site and you will be able to enroll. Once you do, you will have permanent access to the material so that you can review it at your own pace and share it with your partner. Courses include resource material. 

 Three courses are already available. These three are designed for a neurotypical woman who wonders whether exploring the concept of neurodiversity might help her understand some of the challenges she and her partner experience. The material in these classes is desigined to be shared with her partner as a way to approach their differences with compassion and a shared goal of creating more effective ways to communicate and to love each other.

I work with straight, gay, and lesbian couples. While these three courses are designed for a woman whose male partner is or may be autistic, there are similarities as well as differences among these three relationships. More courses in the future will relate specifically to other couple constellations. I began the teaching site, though, as a way to address the needs of the couples who contact me most often - a neurotypical woman and an autistic man.

 

Sorting It All Out: The Autistic and Neurotypical Worlds

We explore the subject of autism and what it means to be neurotypical. You will see the differences in how you each view the world and respond to it, and begin to understand how these differences play out in your relationship. This course includes strategies for addressing the differences with mutual respect, which leads to compassion and improved communication. The course runs three hours. The fee is $250.

 

The Neurodiverse Relationship: Challenges to Love and Intimacy

We discuss what I call The Tragic Dance of the Neurodiverse Couple: love, unspoken expectations, and your sex life in light of what can change and what cannot. The course runs three hours. The fee is $250.

 

Maybe My Partner Is Autistic

This course is an exploration of behaviors and attitudes that might help you discern whether to consider autism in your partner. The course is educational and not meant to be diagnostic. It's a place to start if you're unsure and would like to understand autism as a possible root of aspects of your relationship that you struggle to understand. The course runs three hours. The fee is $250.

 

Previews of all courses are available on my YouTube Channel for The Neurodiverse Couple.

The look of the teaching site is very different from this one. These are some of the images from the other site.

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