In my first two blog posts, I discussed the work situation for adults with Asperger Syndrome. As different publications point out, such as this one from Autism around the Globe, the statistics are pretty grim.
It is important, however, that your child with Aspergers is not placed in any random job but one that plays to their strengths to combat difficulties with social skills and sensory processing. Due to the deficiencies with multi-tasking, jobs requiring short term memory are not recommended for a good majority for those with Aspergers. This would rule out jobs such as being a cashier at a grocery store or cooking at a restaurant.
Dr. Temple Grandin has a list of different jobs that are recommended for someone with Aspergers, which can be found here, due to the strength of long term memory and the ability to be super focused on detail. For example, an Aspie with good visual thinking would be great for blue collar jobs, such as repairing equipment, or white collar jobs, such as computer programming or animation.
Another set of jobs Dr. Grandin recommends, especially for those who are more auditory thinkers, are jobs requiring dealing with research and facts. Journalism is one of the jobs listed, especially if done freelance, as detail and accuracy are required. Even with many publications moving online, there will always be a need for writers.
Finding employment for someone with Aspergers that matches their strengths is crucial for their success on the job. I encourage those with Aspergers or a parent with a child with Aspergers to do research on the types of jobs that are suitable for people on the spectrum and see if the person’s strengths match that particular job. Other factors will need to be weighed when looking for a job, such as the amount of social interaction vs. the Aspie’s social abilities and how sensory stimulating a particular job environment is vs. whether the Aspie has sensory processing issues or not.
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