The Relationship Dance Around Autism

Finding the right steps if you or your partner are autistic

The Relationship Dance Around Autism

When it comes to love, every relationship has its own rhythm, its unique dance. If your partner is on the autism spectrum, this dance may have different steps, but it can be just as harmonious and beautiful. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) brings its own distinctive moves that can often make the dance of love more diverse and exciting.

Nonverbal Cues with Autism

One of these unique moves is related to social interaction and communication. Interpreting nonverbal cues may be a bit like solving a complex riddle for someone on the autism spectrum. This can sometimes lead to little missteps or miscommunications, but don’t worry, every misstep is just a chance to learn more on how to move together.

Another aspect of the dance with autism is understanding emotions. Your partner may sometimes struggle to empathise or see things from your viewpoint. It might seem like they’re not emotionally in tune with you, but that’s not true. Their emotions are there, just expressed with a different rhythm.

Comfort with the familiar

People with ASD often find comfort in the familiar – they prefer to know the steps of the dance in advance. So, unexpected twists and turns might not always be their preference but there’s a certain charm to a well-rehearsed, thoughtful routine.

These traits might seem challenging at first, but they can also be what makes your dance together unique and beautiful. Consider having a dance partner who’s meticulous, loyal, and brings a fresh, new perspective to the floor. And their preference for clear, direct communication? That’s the key to a flawless dance performance!

Autism and Couples Therapy

If you ever feel like you’re missing a step, couple therapy can be your dance coach. It can help enhance your communication, build emotional connection, and develop effective strategies that make your dance together smoother.

Every dance of love, whether it includes autism or not, has its unique choreography, complete with challenges and strengths. So, whether your love story feels like a slow waltz or a lively Latin routine remember that understanding, patience, and open communication are your dance shoes. Love is a dance that everyone can join, those with autism are adding to the wonderful diversity of the dance floor.

Get in touch

If you or your partner is on the autism spectrum, and you would like to improve your relationship, get in touch with the Nightingale team. You can either call us on 0141 353 9373 or use the contact form on our Contact Page.

If your partner is on the autism spectrum, this dance may have different steps, but it can be just as harmonious and beautiful.

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