Hiring People with Aspergers Syndrome - What you need to know.
Asperger’s syndrome is often referred to as higher functioning autism since a person with Asperger’s syndrome shares similar traits to those with autism. They may also have exceptional skill or talent in a specific area. As a result, people with Asperger’s syndrome are often viewed as eccentric or odd, which can have an effect on personal relationships, as well as employment.
Symptoms and characteristics
People with Asperger’s syndrome have difficulties with social skills, transitions or changes and prefer sameness. They often have obsessive routines and may be preoccupied with a particular subject of interest. They may have a great deal of difficulty reading another person’s body language and very often people with Asperger’s syndrome have difficulty determining proper personal space, for example standing too close to someone.
People with Asperger's typically have intellectual impairments which affect their social, family and work life. They also may have problems with language and be unable to speak or speak unusually.
People with Asperger’s syndrome are often overly sensitive to sounds, tastes, smells and sights. They may prefer soft clothing, certain foods and be bothered by sounds or lights no one else seems to hear or see. Many of the behaviours that seem odd or unusual are due to neurological differences and not the result of intentional rudeness.
Social skill difficulties stem from an inability to read others and may include:
One way interaction – sometimes when talking with them you may feel you are having a one sided conversation and its often related to a strong area of interest of Client name’s.
Avoiding eye contact – majority of the time they may not maintain eye contact with you.
His/her inability to read body language - this is our non-verbal communication (ie. You may be appearing busy by looking away, which will signal to most people you need to get on with work. But they won’t be able to read this so you’ll need to tell him/her straight up.
People with autism tend to require structure and routine in order to learn new skills and to perform well at work.
When overwhelmed or stressed, they may demonstrate repetitive behaviours, for example, become preoccupied with particular narrow subjects, unusual objects or engage in stereotyped or repetitive movements such as hand flapping. This is observed as a means of coping with his/her difficulties.
Remember that people with Aspergers Syndrome tend to exhibit exceptional knowledge or talent in specific areas and is exceptionally well at problem solving and detail oriented work; however they may still remain impaired in all key areas of development including social skill difficulties and the need for sameness and routine.
Author: Matthew Coppola, Managing Director of Client Centric.
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