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Introducing a New Book, “Out of Mind - Out of Sight: Parenting with a Partner with Asperger Syndrome (ASD)”

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Parents Are Discovering That Their Partner Has Had Asperger’s Syndrome All Along


Vancouver, WA, November 20, 2013 – The numbers paint a startling picture – the CDC now estimates that one in every 88 U.S. children has autism. But what if the person in the family with autism isn’t the child, but the parent? What if a parent, in discovering their child is autistic, suddenly realizes that their spouse has been on the autism spectrum all along? Kathy Marshack, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist, decided to address these unique challenges in her new book, “Out of Mind - Out of Sight: Parenting with a Partner with Asperger Syndrome (ASD).”


Dr. Marshack’s book takes an honest look at the unique issues that come up when you’re co-parenting with a partner with Autism Spectrum Disorder – commonly referred to as Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s a tough assignment because for the ASD parent so many of the interactions within the family circle that require empathy to see, are literally out of mind – out of sight. Dr. Marshack doesn’t pull back from revealing the harsh realities that a Neuro-Typical (NT) faces in parenting with someone who doesn’t fully understand them or their children. However, she also provides hope and practical solutions on how to co-parent more successfully. This is essential reading for the Neuro-Typical parent to learn more about Asperger Syndrome and find a way to co-parent, co-exist and even thrive within the Asperger/NT family unit.


Author Kathy J. Marshack, Ph.D, is a licensed psychologist with more than 33 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist, and a parent of a daughter with ASD. This book is a follow-up to her first book to explore Asperger relationships, Life with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome: Going over the Edge? Practical Steps to Saving You and Your Relationship, which garnered worldwide attention due to its unforgivably realistic portrayal of loving someone with Asperger’s. After the success of “Going over the Edge?” many were left wondering, what’s next? How can someone co-parent with an Aspie partner? What about the children of Asperger parent? How can a child thrive when his or her parent can’t fully express empathy?

There are no shortcuts and no easy answers, but in “Out of Mind – Out of Sight” the topic is explored in all its multi-faceted complexities. Dr. Marshack begins by introducing the reader to the daily life of AS/NT co-parenting with raw emotional experiences that will resonate with readers who are living this life. Next, readers will be compelled to shed some of their preconceived notions
 as Dr. Marshack explains the science behind these troubling relationship as well as state-of-the-art theories on Asperger Syndrome. Finally, the book concludes with specific techniques to help readers implement the changes they want and need to make to revive their marriage and their parenting as well as reclaim their personal freedom.

A free sample chapter of “Out of Mind - Out of Sight: Parenting with a Partner with Asperger Syndrome (ASD)”is available for immediate download at www.kmarshack.com or you can order the entire book on Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle edition.

About Kathy Marshack, Ph.D.
Kathy J. Marshack, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR. She has more than 30 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist and business coach. Dr. Marshack has written two previous books, a variety of articles and a family business column, and is a contributor to the nationally acclaimed "Sixty Things to Do When You Turn Sixty." To learn more visit www.kmarshack.com or contact Kathy J. Marshack, Ph.D. at 360-256-0448 or 503-222-6678.