Autism and dating
When you’re on the spectrum, it takes a lot of effort to put through the social emotions.
Flirting is a very big energy consuming adventure." Professor Tony Attwood is a psychologist who specialises in clients with autism and has written books on the Asperger's Syndrome.
Romana said relationships can work, but there does need to be a lot of education around what the autism spectrum is and how it affects a relationship. "I think that if a partner is not aware of the other partner’s condition, it's hard because sometimes those behaviours come across as being rude or 'I don’t really care'.
He said trying to read body language made things even harder for people on the spectrum.
"The hardest body language of all to read and express is flirting.
The former Miss America system contestant and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music-trained opera singer knew she had a different conception of romance than her previous boyfriends had and, for that matter, everyone else.“People tend to think of romance as spur of the moment and exciting,” she told me.
“I think of romance as things that make sense and are logical.” However, she didn't know why until this year when, at the age of 31, when she was diagnosed with autism.
It might be hard at times, but you'll become better off." Ruby explained that people with autism aren't really great with unexpected turns of events or things that break routine really quickly, which can make meeting new people challenging.