A Spectrum of Love Part II: When Romantic Love is Not Attained - An Interview with Dr. Mary Van Bourgondien Ph.D.

A Spectrum of Love Part II: When Romantic Love is Not Attained - An Interview with Dr. Mary Van Bourgondien Ph.D.

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In February, we highlighted the possibility of romantic love for a small segment of people on the autism spectrum.  We turn our focus this month to the majority of people with ASD for whom traditional, romantic relationships may seem out of reach. Without traditional romance, how can the needs that are typically met in intimate relationships be fulfilled? What alternatives are available to people on the spectrum so that they, too, can find fulfillment?  We spoke to Dr. Mary E. Van Bourgondien, the Clinical Director of the Chapel Hill TEACCH Center at the University of North Carolina, one of NYCA’s partners in the dissemination of the Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism’s augmented curriculum for autism-specific employment training.   READ FULL ARTICLE