Asperger Syndrome (AS) – Did you know?
Persons with Asperger Syndrome (AS)
- Asperger syndrome (AS) is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Autism is a developmental disability and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain.
- Asperger Syndrome affects the typical development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, as well as restrictive, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior
- Asperger syndrome is considered by many to be the mildest form of ASD and they are the most highly functioning individuals with ASD.
- Children and adults with Asperger syndrome typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. It includes difficulties in two sided conversations, lack of typical eye contact, body language and facial expressions and would have difficulties maintaining relationships.
- It can be difficult to communicate with others and relate to the outside world.
What helps me in the workplace?
- People with Asperger Syndrome can make effective and highly valued employees. It is important to match my particular skills to the requirements of the job.
- I have good transferable skills including attention to detail, a methodical approach, strong research skills, good long-term memory and excellent record-keeping.
- I may require extra time to complete written tests, which should be comprised of short and concise questions.
- Understand that I may have difficulty communicating sometimes.
- I am not comfortable in large public functions such as office parties and or celebrations.
- I may not be able to work as well in an area where there are several distractions.
- Good support from a manager is the key to successful employment for both the employee with autism and the employer.
- Effective communication is central to this support:
- Do not make assumptions
- Use direct and precise explanations
- Give detailed instructions for tasks and be clear about your expectations of me
- Use written as well as oral instructions
- Hold regular one-to-one meetings for feedback and monitoring
- Provide me with one-to-one training rather than group training.
One thing I want people to know:
“Even though I am not looking at you when you speak, I am listening. Sometimes I have to keep my hands busy in order to listen to what you are saying”
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