What are some jobs that someone with Asperger's Syndrome could do successfully?
- Good careers for people with Asperger's Syndrome can vary depending on the individual, but in general careers where the person can work alone are sometimes better. These can include home-based business and computer programmer. Analytical type jobs are also good, such as mathematician and engineer.
- Some people with AS like to categorize, so librarian might be good.
- They can do a lot of things. As a mother, I just wondered that myself because you find so much for children, but my son was 14 before we found out he had Asperger's even though I had been saying he had it from the time he was 8. You, as a mother or father, can know them and will know what is best to turn their job interest to. Like my son could never work at Wal-Mart for all the people and noise and lights, but he and you might find it surprising that he is a security guard. It's quiet and I think he could do small group work. His thing is 4 wheelers so I work with rehab services to do job placement and training. They can help with education after high school too.
- Even when the job might otherwise be too stressful, if it is related to one of the person's special interest areas, that can be enough to make him or her able to handle it. Also, they seem less likely to get bored with repetition since they tend to find comfort in routines, so they can be better able to handle repetitive jobs that require attention to detail. Consider professions where the person can work individually, rather than on a team; where the structure of the job is rule-based and predictable; or where they can help others.
They can handle jobs that deal with facts or logic, such as computer scientists, software designers, engineers, scientific researchers, physicists, and mathematicians. Because of their interest in fairness and justice, lawyer or police officer works for some. Because of their desire to help people, medical researcher or pathologist can work well. Telephone order taking or survey taking can work for some because they have scripts and do not require face-to-face interaction. Because of the intense focus on a few special interests, they might pursue an interest as far as a PhD and become a professor. They often feel more comfortable with animals, so might find a job that involves more animals than people.
People with Asperger's Syndrome are more likely to be bullied or taken advantage of in the workplace. Some of them assume that whatever the supervisor tells them is true, so they do not question it, which makes it very easy for a supervisor to abuse them. (However, some are very set in their own ways of doing things and question everything.) It is beneficial for them to know the basics of employment law, so that if a supervisor tells them something different, they know better. For example, in the United States, being told that he or she can only be paid for the scheduled work shift, even though the final task ran into overtime is illegal. Also, necessary preparation for doing the job must be paid, such as making photocopies before a meeting, turning on and signing on to computers, or reading the updates on how to do your job that the employer gives you. In addition, the person should know that being told that he or she must postpone lunch break to finish the task might be illegal, depending on how long the break is postponed, since the rule is that lunch break must be taken before six hours into the shift. And other good rules to know about lunch break are when it is acceptable for your supervisor to have you stay through lunch (a working lunch), that working lunches must be paid, and under what conditions a supervisor can restrict you from leaving the building for lunch (rarely). It is beneficial for the person with Asperger's Syndrome to have someone to go to for advice and answers if he or she thinks something at work does not seem right.
Temple Grandin, a person with high-functioning autism, prepared a list of suggested jobs for people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome, as well as pointing out a few that would not work well. For more information on that, see the links below.
- Although it is a less common occupation, I'm a physician and I have what is termed profound AS. I also have a colleague with AS who is a doctor; she's a surgeon, whereas I'm a family doctor. It does take a great deal of work for me to work as a family doctor, however, and I have been known to be "blunt" with patients and am often "rude" to colleagues. Fortunately my co-workers know I have AS and make some adjustments for me, but also feel free to let me know when I'm being, shall we say, rude. I've found my attention to detail has helped me diagnose many patients who had an inaccurate diagnosis from other doctors. My colleague the surgeon finds that she is highly focused and is growing into one of the top surgeons in her field (neurosurgery) and she believes this is partly due to her AS. One area I think AS helps me in the most is when I do my shifts driving a rapid response car for the ambulance. I've found my ability to ignore outside issues and just get on with what needs doing has probably saved a few people's lives.
- I have Asperger's and have always had an obsessive interest in things that interested me. One of these was Marine Corps Aviation. I write articles and books on the subject and have become known worldwide as an expert on the subject. It is amusing when I can attend a gathering and read someone's name tag, and tell him when and where he was in a squadron that I researched (in a few cases, I knew more about an event than they did: and they were there!). I went to college and earned a degree in Finance. I found that working in a bank with other people was undesirable - I didn't understand the cliques, office politics, or the like - so I got a Commercial Drivers license, and wrote articles on Marine Aviation while I drove all over the US and Canada.
I think a locomotive engineer or train engineer would be a good occupation for someone with Asperger's Syndrome because a lot of people with Asperger's seem to like trains and there is not alot of socialization just skills in operating a locomotive. Or possibly a pilot. Or even a cartographer because alot of people with Asperger's like physical geography and looking at maps.
It depends on what they are interested in.
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Asperger's Syndrome (aka Asperger's disorder or AS) is adevelopmental disorder commonly referred to as a mild form ofautism. Basically, the person who has Asperger's is almost normal, but hasdifferent manifestations in different people. I know a person withAsperger's who can learn a new language ve…ry quickly (very smartwith languages), but cannot interact well with people and oftensays things without thinking. Someone who has Asperger's syndrome might display the followingcharacteristics: -- Seems rude, unsocial, weird, not nice, mean, etc; -- Is not always clean, yet has clean and organized areas and/oritems; -- Is obsessive with interests -- and these interests are notcommon to many other people who do not have the condition; -- Is not good at explaining things; -- Does not seem interested in another person's interests orthoughts, but will talk obsessively, at length, and in detail abouthis or her own. -- Intelligence is very high in certain subjects such as sciencesor trivia, but not so with subjects like sports, mostly because ofthe large involvement of people. -- Is no better than fair with people, especially people he or shedoes not know well enough, and is usually poor. -- Does not like to be touched; this could be in certain areas orthe whole body in general. -- Does not understand basic social functioning; how to be withpeople; what not to say, when, why, or the like. He or she will saythings like, "You look really fat today," and not realize thatsaying that will hurt another person. He or she tends not tounderstand this, and it will need to be explained to him or herfactually and logically, not emotionally. This is because theperson will often have problems with understanding emotions, evenhis or her own. In addition, Asperger's syndrome is characterized by concrete andliteral thinking; obsession with certain topics; excellentmemories, and being "eccentric." These individuals are consideredhigh-functioning and are capable of holding a job and of livingindependently. NOTE ON STATEMENTS ABOVE: Asperger's Syndrome is a pervasive developmental disorder. Some cases are associatedwith a genetic disorder. It is now believed that all cases have agenetic component. Although it is often described as a "mild form of autism," the useof "mild" is inaccurate. It is a higher-functioning autism spectrumdisorder, which means people with Asperger's Syndrome have greaterability to function in society, which in turn means it often takesmuch longer before they are diagnosed correctly and makes it morelikely they can hide more of their differences. As with autism,Asperger's Syndrome can range from mild to severe. They do not always have clean, organized areas, but they usuallyknow exactly where everything is. The obsessive interests can be ones that are common to otherpeople, but to them it is more that it is their life rather than ahobby. When it is a more common interest, it can take longer beforethe condition is diagnosed, because it does not seem out of theordinary to other people. They have average to above average intelligence. It is notnecessarily that they have high intelligence in fields like scienceor trivia, but more often that they have an excellent memory forfacts, which includes sports. They might know all the statisticsrelated to a given sport, or even the entire rule-book for thesport, but avoid ever actually attending or playing the gamebecause of the people. They also tend to have good analyticalskills. Of course, they can be geniuses with amazing talents incertain fields, too; it was for this last reason that Dr. HansAsperger, the Austrian child psychologist who first observed it insome of his younger patients and hence after whom it has beennamed, called those with the condition "little professors." It is not necessarily that they dislike being touched; in fact,many like certain types of physical contact. However, they usuallydo not want to be touched by people they do not know well. They mayhate light touches, but love a heavier touch. They may beoversensitive to touches on certain parts of their bodies. TempleGrandin, who herself has an autism-spectrum disorder, invented asqueezing machine that she first used on beef-cattle to calm themdown. When this device is used on humans, it offers what is called"deep-pressure therapy," for it provides the pressure that somepeople with autism and Asperger's Syndrome find very relaxing.Others prefer to sleep under heavy blankets. (MORE)
Contradictory responses by WikiAnswers contributors: . For the United States, more than likely No. . I have to agree with the No. I have researched this as I had an applicant with this high form autism. The person will not even make it to the physical. . I disagree... It all depends on …the individual; the military looks at each person on a case-by-case scenario. It mostly depends if the person applying had special accommodations and also treatment. If they have, then Yes, they would be disqualified and if still have Asperger's and are not receiving accommodations or treatment, then they can join the military. . Yes. I know someone with Asperger's syndrome who was recently admitted into the Air Force and will leave to join it in a couple of months. As long as a person can pass all the tests and has the necessary skills for the branch of the military they're trying to get into, they will get accepted. . Hey, I'm from Canada, and I've been diagnosed with a slight case of aspergers. I've aspired to enlisting since I could remember, and have recently continued on to do so. I've passed the Physical, Aptitude and the Medical. My last step was to complete the final interview, but I had a debt mixup, and outstanding criminal charges (no, I'm not a psychopath, I just got a bit rowdy while drinking). Now that I think of it, after a bit of research, it may have been a bad idea to exclude my "disability" from the medical questionnaire. The problem here, is that doctors have always told me I had ADD, which I told the military physician. However, during the last "just incase" test my mother had forced me into, I was told that I had a few symptoms of aspergers, not really enough for diagnosis, but they would diagnose me anyways, so it would be easier to get a job... A lot of help that did, huh? Anyways, I hope this has helped in one way or another, and I wish anyone thinking of military service, luck in their indeavour's. . Unfortunately not. Not in the United States, at least. The Armed Forces of the United States adhere to almost inflexible regulations known as the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and that code does not recognize the ability of ANY prospective aspirant who is NOT of perfectly sound mind, nor does it recognize the confidentiality of doctor-patient relationships; Asperger's disorder is still officially considered a mental deferment. . The United States Military will accept people with Aspergers on a case by case basis. It all depends on what doctor that you see while at MEPS. I am a Legalman in the United States Navy with Navy Legal Service Office North Central, Detatchment Great Lakes, and I have had this question posed to me before. I discussed it with a few of the JAGs in , and after reviewing the UCMJ, they found that there is no Artical forbidding it. . Ok, lets beat the dead horse one more time. The UCMJ has nothing to do with medical clearances into the military. This is a MEPSCOM function that falls under the department of the Army. The person will not get cleared by a MEPS Dr. because their MEPSCOM regulation forbids it. The best they could hope for, if the sun is shining particularly nicely that day, is to get a mental evaluation and then get disqualified. The branch of service that is attempting to bring them in can try for a waiver but once again, it's ultimately up to a Doctor, now that branches surgeon general, to put their name on this. . Wow, a bunch of people who are GUESSING. That's what's wrong with these types of sites (any Wiki site, Yahoo answers, etc.), they are loaded with a bunch of unqualified opinions. Yes, someone with Asperger's can get into the military. The person above who spoke of the UCMJ and MESPCOM is partially right, but mostly wrong. Asperger's does NOT fail you during the mental evaluation. However, if you're taking any medication for it or any other disorder then you have to be off of them for at least a year. . YES. My husband has AS and he is doing very well in the military. Some do and some don't. The decision is on a case by case basis. If you would like more info about Asperger's Syndrome in the military check out this web site I just found http://www.aspires-relationships.com/articles_as_in_the_military.htm . After 50+ horrible years, I was diagnosed as Aspergers/High Functioning Autism incidental to an Aspergers diagnosis for my daughter. Can one do the military? The answer is a "qualified" yes. I did two years in SouthEast Asia and came away with the Distinguished Flying Cross even though essentially I was 12 in many ways, not counting I was behind that far biologically. Later, I made it through the commissioning program. At a later junior officers leadership course, they tested and retested my physical coordination skills for placement on competitive teams (everyone had to compete) thinking I was playing uncoordinated as a "ringer. I was almost passed over for 1st Lt, was passed over for Captain, but pulled data together that clinched it, then despite my technical efforts leading to officer of the year two years in a row, was passed over for Major. Years later I was able to secure a reserve position, and it was my Aspergers skills that led to a recall to active duty and my eventual retirement as a Lt Colonel. I had a habit of placing myself in situations that were beyond my comfort level, but to be truthful, leadership and socialization is not the strong point of Aspergers. Technical skills however, is where we excel. As a junior officer in charge of 150 people I was a flop. Later as a technician, I was great. At least for the Air Force, however, there is an up or out policy, which means you have to compete for and be promoted. As a SSgt and later a Captain, I was right where I should have been and that would have been fine. But to answer your question, with enough drive and by creating the right sense of circumstances, Aspergers/HFA may have a successful career if they can avoid the leadership situations. By the way, there is a quote: "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free," out of the scriptures, I believe. Knowing I'm Aspergers has allowed me to more successfully (and more happily) deal with life than ever before. . According to at least one person in recruiting, United States military rules prohibit enlisting a person who has a mental disorder (including autism spectrum disorders) that interferes with school or employment, unless that person has not required special accommodations for school or employment for 12 months. I actually checked on this a few years ago, when my son was old enough to start thinking about enlistment. He has an autism spectrum disorder and, as it turns out, that did not render him ineligible. The medications for his condition, however, made him ineligible. (MORE)
Answer It all depends on how well the person with Asperger's copes with hand-eye co-ordination skills. I have Asperger's and have to drive an automatic car as I can't cope with changing gears and keeping an eye on the road, however I also know of a few other people with Asperger's who all drive m…anual cars. I even know one guy with Asperger's who drives mini steam trains now that takes a lot of hand-eye co-ordination! Also I know another person in our Asperger's group that can ride a uni-cycle - now that has to be worse than a skateboard! For me it took me until I was about 22 to actually master how to balance on a bike my balance was so off, but once I got the hang of riding a bike I was fine. I think the main thing that helped with that was that I always get a mountain bike, which have a lot bigger and chunkier wheels than normal bikes and are designed with balance in mind (they're designed to go over rocky terrain, so roads are no problem for them! One thing that did help my hand-eye co-ordination and could possibly help other people is a game that the Venture scouts used to play with me. It was catching a "ball", but instead of using a ball they started with a balloon, later on they told me that they'd used the balloon to start with as a balloon moves slower than a ball, and once you get used to doing something slowly, your hand-eye co-ordination gets better and better. One other thing that they also brought which is probably one of the best toys in the world to teach hand-eye co-ordination was Bop It! This is like a "Simple Simon" game where the device plays music and then on a beat it tells you to do something like "bop it", "spin it", "twist it", "pull it" or "flick it". Using this it teaches hand-eye co-ordination more and more as you have to remember where everything is (and on later levels it replaces the words with just noises, again helping more to associate noises with actions). I have tried skateboarding with my Asperger's and haven't been very good at it, it's probably best to buy a cheap skateboard and try going down a small ramp first (preferably not one that ends in anything dangerous like a road, or a fence or a wall) and see how you get on (I kept falling off the skateboard). Scooters might be a bit more easier as these have a stick that you can lean on to maintain your balance. Answer No because the person suffering fro Asperger's can often be clumsy, not pay attention, etc. Skateboarding isn't as easy as it looks. It is true that young people with Aspergers are highly intelligent, but often do not socialize well with their peers (they try, but others regard them as not paying attention or just being plain rude simply because they don't understand the disease.) --Answer -- A yes or no response does not suffice. There is a wide spectrum of the severity and functionality of children with Asperger's, and I have worked with many who present with only minor socialization or attention issues. In fact, attention issues are also hard to define without first-hand knowledge of an individual. A child may not be able to attend to a lesson when he is one of 20 children in a classroom,(a hard task for even a "regular-ed" student), but may be able to display great focus when it comes to another task or activity that he has high interest in. In order to determine whether skateboarding would be a good sport for this person, judge 1) by his/her maturity decision-making skills ï¿½ any sport requires responsibility, 2) interest. Also think about modifications that you might be able to make to allow him/her to participate ï¿½ pads, helmets (good practice anyways), wider, bigger wheels to slow down the board, restrict surfaces he/she is allowed to skate. Answer I totally agree with the above poster, but (I was the first poster) my information was off a medical site on Aspergers Disease. However, I agree with the above poster that unless children with this disease can have some form of interaction in sports it stunts their growth and that its very important the child feels they are useful and can do some things like other children. ANSWER Although I agree with the above posters about Aspergers sufferers being clumsy, and the need for padded protection and consideration from yourself, I think it needs to be remembered that not all a.s sufferers are the same and should not all be considered the same simply due to having Aspergers. I think it's something you have to figure out from knowing the person you are talking about. Not only is my boy NOT really clumsy (who has Aspergers) , but Aspergers sufferers become obsessive about their interests and would probably become better at it than most people expect them to be. (so it depends on the individual with a.s NOT on any stereotype, if they are very clumsy then that's when its relevant) It revolves more around whether they are on their own or with other people and they could easily find somewhere to go so they could be alone and comfortable. It doesn't have to be classes, or a skateboard rink- they find ways all the time to uninvolve themselves from society, yet continue with their interests, so I'd ask the individual first if he/she likes skateboarding and go from there. Answer In autism research there are suggestions that there is a difference between Asperger's Syndrome and high-functioning autism, but, at present, both are often labeled Asperger's Syndrome. One of the differences that has been noticed - that gives rise to the theory that they may be different - is that those who might be better labeled as having high-functioning autism are often good at sports and have better motor control than those with Asperger's Syndrome. Also, a person with Asperger's might have acceptable fine motor control and below average gross motor control, so some physical activities would be attainable without frustration, while others could seem near impossible. Motor control can improve with practice, so the child's interest in the activity is relevant. The person with Asperger's might have sufficient hand-eye coordination or foot-eye coordination for some activities, but not hand-foot-eye coordination or body-eye coordination for other activities. Another issue is balance sensitivity. The person with Asperger's may be more sensitive to balance issues than the neuro-typical person, and thus often become dizzy. However, some people with Asperger's are less sensitive to balance so might frequently be found twirling. Answer It all depends on the severity of the condition. Consider occupational therapies and some of the suggestions above. Personally, I've had a little bit of success with this, being able to stand on one, roll on a hill at a moderate speed, push myself forward, and even come close to doing an "ollie", or jump. I'm 15, and I'm renowned for being rather clumsy, but I've grown out of many of AS's symptoms, to where some people won't even think I'm any different until I tell them I have the syndrome. Still, it will take a lot of time and dedication to actually overcome such clumsiness, much more than the average person. But then again, you never know if it'll work for you until you try it yourself. By the way, I totally agree with the 4th post. PS: On a side note, try beatboxing or other forms of music as part of therapy, I've become rather good at it, and it relieves stress and helps give me an identity. It's almost like the repetitive movements some autistic/AS people exhibit, or even a Tourette's tic. It might even help language, although all these claims are as of yet unproven, and require experimentation. (MORE)
It's difficult. You need knowledge, patience and understanding of the condition before forming relationships with people with autism spectrum disorders. . I agree with the above, plus you need to accept them as they are and don't try to change them. They are what they are and if you love them you l…ove them as they are. (MORE)
Temple Grandin, a person with high-functioning autism, wrote a letter suggesting some poor job possibilities and good possibilities for people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome entitled "Choosing the Right Job for People with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome" for which two links are provided in the Re…lated Links section below. Grandin's list serves as a good guideline for job possibilities and considerations. She suggests avoiding jobs that put significant demands on short-term working memory because that is a limitation for people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. She advises choosing jobs that make use of the excellent long-term memory that they have. She divides jobs into four categories with her reasoning for why the job is either a good choice or a bad one. I have included one or two examples each from these categories, with additional comments based on posts to autism and Asperger's Syndrome forums that discussed her list. For the full list of over 30 recommended jobs, access the link below. Her examples and reasoning about them can help you evaluate other job possibilities, too. Bad Jobs: . Air traffic controller -- Information overload and stress . She also lists cashier as a bad choice because of the short-term memory requirement, but some people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome disagree about cashier being a bad choice, since cash registers do the calculations for making change, now. However, they do say that it could be a problem if you must interact with too many people. . Good Jobs for Visual Thinkers: . Computer programming -- Wide-open field with many jobs available especially in industrial automation, software design, business computers, communications and network systems . Equipment designing -- Many industries, often a person starts as a draftsman and then moves into designing factory equipment . Most people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome, and the people who know them, believe that computer programming and other computer-related or Internet-related jobs are good choices. Grandin views herself as a visual thinker, so the jobs she lists in this category are probably ones she could more easily visualize herself performing successfully. . Good Jobs for Non-Visual Thinkers: . Accounting -- Get very good in a specialized field such as income taxes . For jobs in this category, she is focusing on people who are good at math or facts. She also suggests that computer programming can be a good job for non-visual thinkers.. Good Jobs for Non-Verbal or Low-Verbal People: . Restocking shelves -- In many types of stores . One complaint in the forums I read concerning this fourth category was that these are primarily minimum wage, but as many others pointed out, there are not as many employment options for non-verbal and low-verbal people. However, one of the choices she mentions is data entry, which can be a higher-paying job, especially if the person can perform it in specialized fields, such as medical insurance coding. . The list of job possibilities for people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome should not be limited to the ones Grandin suggests, but many people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome or who have family members with those conditions think it is relatively accurate and would be useful for considering jobs for adults with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Since each person with autism or Asperger's Syndrome has different levels of strengths and weaknesses, a job that would work for one might be too stressful for another. Also, consider the special interests of the person and how they might be used in a job. (MORE)
The following is a list of autism centers that diagnose children younger than 18 months and have available information for parents. Links to their websites are given in the Related Links section below. Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Children Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center Bronx, N.…Y. 718-430-3914 Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Autism and Related Disorders Baltimore, Md. 443-923-7680 University of Washington Autism Center Seattle, Wash. 206-221-6806 Yale Child Study Center New Haven, Conn. (MORE)
Knowing exactly who has Asperger's and who does not is currently not possible for most people in so-called "normal" society. A: There are visible signs of the condition, mostly displayed in the behavior of those who have it. Such people can be said to have Asperger's, and many of them crack t…hat it, however, does NOT have them . A: Asperger's Syndrome can affect people of any race, gender, religious background, nationality, social class, etc. It can be inherited or be a spontaneous genetic mutation. It is more often diagnosed in males than in females. (MORE)
The first thing to do when dating someone with AS is to understandthe syndrome. Look at "What is Asperger's Syndrome" here on WikiAnswers for information on aspects and signs of AS, along withlinks to more information. Second, you might want to go to asupport group for those with AS and their famili…es. It might helpyou to hear the way other people cope with a loved one with AS.There are also online forums for families of those with AS if youdon't want to go to a group meeting. Finally, please know that evenwhen your AS loved one doesn't seem to care, they most likely do,but aren't good at showing it. (MORE)
It depends on where you live and if there are job discrimination laws. If you live in America, your right to get a job in any field you want provided you're qualified is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Answer . If he autistic kid is at a school they'll probably have someone with them who watches them and helps them learn like everyone else. Since each autisic kid is different you should ask the person with the autistic guy to learn more about him/her. They best way to interact with them is to l…earn more about them. (MORE)
The jobs people with downs excell at most are jobs involving their hands, and physical things. Office work is not good, mabey a job at a factory.
Understand and accept them. Like them, and let them know that you do. That's all you need. We tend to be very hurt by any criticism, so if it's necessary to criticize something on the job, be very sweet and gentle, and create more good moments than negative ones. .
Tony Attwood's and Carol Gray's "Discovery Criteria" describes people with Asperger's Syndrome in a positive way. So as not to infringe on copyright, I am only including a few brief phrases from it here, but links are provided below: "absolute loyalty", "unique perspective in problem solving", and "…focused desire to maintain order and accuracy". I have also included three links to parodies on neurotypicality, although some people could find them offensive, showing how certain neurotypical behaviors appear to be problems. These give different, negative perspectives on common behaviors, but might inspire thoughts on wording more positive views on Asperger's Syndrome - in contrast to the "flaws" of neurotypicality. (MORE)
That depends on the degree of the syndrome and how it manifests. The first thing you have to ask yourself is, can you tolerate a lot of emotional abuse. If your answer is no, you would not like the Marines.
Answer It depends on whom you ask. The two labels are differentiated in the official diagnosing manual (DSM IV) only by the presence or absence of an early language delay. And people diagnosed with Asperger's do have language delays (pragmatic, higher lever linguistic organization, and figurative… language delays) that become more obvious with age. The other "spectrum" diagnoses are quite different. IMHO, it seems an artificial boundary, and it makes more sense to label both forms "autism," with the more severe form referred to as Kanner's Autism and the less severe form as Asperger's Autism. People with either form of autism need support to function to their full potential, but those with asperger's autism could be expected to live independently with employment. Those with kanner's autism can be expected to need full-time support. ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: a label of kanner's autism does not imply low intelligence. I have known very bright kanner's. They just need very good communication support. Answer Yes, if that someone does not have "classic" autism. I who have Asperger's disorder have NOT been diagnosed with "classic" autism. Answer If a person has autism, he or she does not have Asperger's Syndrome. If a person has Asperger's Syndrome, he or she does not have autism. Having one precludes having the other. As knowledge about autism has grown, five distinct conditions that present with similar features have been identified, and they are now known as autism spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders. Autism and Asperger's Syndrome are different disorders within the category of pervasive developmental disorders. As research continues, it is possible that autism will be subdivided into more conditions, since it is informally subdivided into infantile and late-onset or childhood and atypical autism. Because it seems that there is no single cause for autism, it is certainly possible that it could become several different conditions after more research. So, one of those possible future varieties of autism could be merged into Asperger's syndrome. Asperger's Syndrome is a neuro-developmental disorder, specifically a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), also known as an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), resulting in differences in the way the brain processes information. Pervasive developmental disorders include: 1. autistic disorder also known as autism or Kanner's Syndrome, 2. Asperger's Syndrome (AS), 3. Rett's Syndrome (RS), 4. Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD) also known as Heller's syndrome, and 5. Pervasive Developmental Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Pervasive developmental disorders have characteristics in common: they are marked by impairments in social interaction, imaginative activity, and verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and by a limited number of interests and activities that tend to be repetitive. While most of these PDDs are diagnosed while the individual is a child, people with Asperger's syndrome can often function well enough that they go undiagnosed or wrongly diagnosed for years. Sometimes children diagnosed with high-functioning autism are relabeled as having Asperger's syndrome when they are older as more distinguishing characteristics become apparent. There are many people who were not diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome until their teens or adulthood who have never been diagnosed with autism. Some people with Asperger's Syndrome cannot live independently, so they might be diagnosed earlier in their lives or misdiagnosed with autism or another condition. One of the criteria for diagnosing Asperger's syndrome is that a diagnosis of autistic disorder has been rejected, as well as other pervasive developmental disorders. In other words, you cannot have Asperger's syndrome if you have autism. However, unfortunately, you can have Asperger's syndrome and still be misdiagnosed with autism, or sometimes PDD-NOS. Answer I have a son who was diagnosed with Asperger's. I am also a special education teacher (32 years). Mental Health experts separate Autism and Asperger's syndrome and consider them to be two different developmental disorders. In the state where I teach there is no differentiation between the two as far as special education law is concerned. A student with Asperger's syndrome would have an "Autism Impaired" certification if he or she needed special education services. (MORE)
Yes. Two of my co-workers, both of whom had Asperger's Syndrome, fell in love with each other and were married. The movie Mozart and the Whale is a fictional story based on the true story of two people with Asperger's Syndrome who fell in love. There are books sharing personal accounts of spou…ses of people with Asperger's Syndrome. Some of the problems and situations described by Maxine C. Aston in The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome: A Guide to Living in an Intimate Relationship with a Partner Who Has Asperger Syndrome are common in romantic relationships with people with Asperger's Syndrome. Ashley Stanford in Asperger Syndrome and Long-Term Relationships writes about her experiences being married to a man with Asperger's Syndrome. There are also support groups for family and spouses of people with Asperger's Syndrome. (MORE)
A person with Aspergers' Syndrome will not talk much, not be very brave or courageous, he'll be normally nervous, sometimes talk back, and not be very reasonable in minor cases. In major cases, they're basically vegetables, they have zero concern or respect for anyone they don't like, they like to… think that they know everything, they bully, and normally gang up on someone without Aspergers' or someone with a minor case. A: I am an adult with Asperger's and since being diagnosed I can now tell if others have the condition. I believe that there will be many people like myself who never knew about Asperger's itself let alone know that they have the condition. Asperger's covers a wide range of 'symptoms' 'difficulties' and 'oddities'. Adults with Asperger's generally don't like working in teams unless their role in the team is clearly defined and it is one where they feel confident. Sometimes an adult with Aspergers will repeat themselves in conversations, answer questions inappropriately. Social interaction is difficult because non verbal communication is often not understood. Although the diagnostic criteria and other professionals talk about 'special interests' many people with Asperger's dont in fact have these. However they may go through a period of time having obsessions about certain things. I will describe some of my own personal difficulties, visual spacial, often getting lost, not understanding if people are being serious or joking, unable to multi task (I am a female), very few friendships, easily upset with things like plans changing, people being late, (MORE)
It's possible, but NOT a good idea. All the branches of the Armed Forces "dish out" SEVERE emotional abuse - especially during basic training, and it's no different in the Navy. MOST aspies are NOT psychologically equipped to handle it.
Doctor, lawyer, shop assistant, farmer, stunt man, police officer,pilot, engineer, librarian, karate instructor, housewife, jeweller,tattoo artist, etc. - Autistic people can do any type of jobsuccessfully.
Well its very hard to answer on a global scale but certainly in the UK you are not barred legally to work due to Asperger's due to the Disability Discrimination Act, but all job applicants are legally dealt with on a case by case basis and at the end of the day.
Yes. I'm 45 years old and have Asperger's Syndrome (AS), and still can't tell the difference. A woman had to be overt and aggressively assertive to me before I got the hint. Subtle hints never registered with me. A: Absolutely! Some people with AS do not experience many overtures of friendship, so w…hen a person tries to be friendly, the person with AS could assume it indicates a romantic interest. Other people with AS are completely oblivious to everything less than a direct statement of romantic interest. Flirting involves nonverbal language, such as length of eye contact, positioning of the body, personal space, touching of hands or arms, tone of voice, etc., which people with AS do not instinctively grasp, so it is easy to misjudge intent or to ignore the nonverbal aspect entirely. People without AS can misjudge the intent of a person with AS, assuming romantic interest when the person is trying to be friendly or assuming friendliness when the person is attempting to flirt. The person with AS, in addition to having difficulty understanding nonverbal language, can exhibit misleading nonverbal language or so little that the other person is uncertain of the intent. When Asperger's Syndrome is part of the equation, either person can have difficulty recognizing the intent of the other. A: . I often get the two mixed up. Being in Adolescence, there are idiot girls walking round the school saying "Hiya, Sexy!" to everyone they see. I still don't know whether it's a flirt or insult but have merely regarded it as an insult. Then some lad said "God, your tidy.". I took that as a flirt and walked away instantly (thinking he was trying to flirt with me, and I was walking away as a sign of "I'm not a homosexual") - but could he have meant a compliment meaning "clean" or "neat" in a non-flirty way? Then there's times my friends have said a comment I thought was flirty, getting creeped out, just to reassured they meant it in a friendly way. (MORE)
Someone with Aspergers does not necessarily have behavioral problems , but they might have behavioral differences. This is a description of Aspergers I wrote for another question on this site.. First characteristic: An obsession. Every Aspie has an obsession. That means that when we care about s…omething, it will grip and fill our whole minds. . An aspie might have a life-long obsession. An aspie can also have short term obsessions. If I have to learn something, it becomes my obsession until I know it thoroughly. I also have two ongoing permanent obsessions. This obsession can be with anything, it depends on the individual. We might talk about it for hours and bore you terribly.. We often learn social cues in adulthood, while other people knew them in their teenage years.. Sometimes we appear weird. Others of us study social skills and learn to blend in very effectively. However, most of us still feel like we never really fit in. We are extremely sensitive. We may care deeply about our loved ones. Yet we may have difficulty expressing our emotions in ways that people without Aspergers understand.. We also tend to hate loud noises and sometimes bright lights. They hurt. We may have other sensory issues and sensitivities, such as to taste or touch.. Some fictional characters with aspergers are Mr Monk, from Monk, Lars, from Lars and the Real Girl (who is also emotionally damaged), Abed in Community, Lucius in the Village and possibly Fluttershy in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.. Women with Aspergers are more likely to be undiagnosed and are not often portrayed in movies or TV.. We each have our own personality and Aspergers manifests itself in different ways in different people. Different people may have different combinations of symptoms.. (MORE)
No. Brain trauma can cause symptoms similar to Asperger's Syndrome, but it is not AS.
In any typical case of a young child with AS this is what you should expect .Selectivly mute (quiet to some and chatty to others) .Generally quiet overall .Strong interests with particular things .Usually imaginative .Usually a picky behavior (certain foods, clothes, ect due to hypersensitivity) .A… stoic appearance .Not very expressive .Unsure of what to do or say in a social enviroment (MORE)
Anyone can be born with Asperger's Syndrome. Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with it, however. Some psychiatrists believe that girls are born with Asperger's Syndrome at the same rate as boys, but are not diagnosed as often as boys are. Asperger's Syndrome does appear to run in families, so a …genetic componant is quite likely indicated, though not yet identified. (MORE)
Check out the Mayo Clinic website (link below) for some information on the treatment of Asperger's Syndrome. Learn about the condition, yourself, so that you can explain it to the person who has Asperger's Syndrome, so the person understands the difficulties it causes. Asperger's Syndrome is a di…fference in the brain wiring, so drugs will not "cure" it, but they can help with some of the symptoms. (MORE)
Given the symptoms you listed, included below, yes, you could have Asperger's Syndrome. You would need to see a specialist for a formal diagnosis. Adults with Asperger's Syndrome sometimes find ways to adapt to the difficulties of Asperger's Syndrome, so they might seem to grow out of it, but stress… or being in a situation in which they cannot use their adaptations can cause the symptoms again. One researcher who focused on girls with Asperger's Syndrome hypothesized that some of the ways Asperger's Syndrome manifests in some of them is by being quiet and often labeled as shy, daydreaming frequently, being able to make one or two close friends but not being very social, having special interests or "obsessions" that do not draw attention, and not necessarily appearing as "nerdy". The symptoms that would seem to indicate or contraindicate Asperger's Syndrome: I am a female and here are some reasons why I think I might have AS - I have always found group social interaction confusing and hard. - I have always found eye contact hard and distractive when talking to someone, but that is only sometimes, I have absolutely no trouble with making eye contact with my parents and very close friends. - I have noticed that after a long day of trying to socialize with people I get a huge headache around the front part of my head. (But I don't know if that has anything to do with that) I also daydream and kind of "zone out" and go off into my own world every few minutes, when I am with people, I also get very drained during social discussions and need to be alone for a couple of minutes and then get back to people. (People find it very strange when I do that and they think that I am upset or sad, when I am not upset or sad at all, I just need a break.) People always tell me that I am a very quiet person. - I usually do not get sarcasm, when I was in primary school I didn't get sarcasm but as I watched people I learned about sarcasm and now I understand the frazes that I have learned. I am in high school now and when I hear people talk I usually do recognise when they are being sarcastic, but it takes me a long time to figure it out. - I prefer not to socialize in big groups, and I prefer to talk to one or two good friends, but I am comfortable with going shopping, I don't feel nervous at all. I used to hate shopping, but now I like it. - I don't know how to joke, or say something funny to people and I often find it very hard to respond to what people say, and when I don't know what to say I just smile or giggle. - I have trouble with understanding face expressions, except I do notice when someone is sad, happy or bored. Otherwise I can't recognise if someone is offended, usually I just ask people, why are you upset? and they say "I'm not upset" and I get confused. - I have very bad motor skills and bad hand/eye coordination. I am slightly clumsy during sport, but other wise my hand righting is neat and I am a very creative drawer. - I used to have obsessions with strange things and each obsession lasted a year, but now I have noticed that I have not had any obsessions lately. (Could it be that I am growing out of having obsessions?) - I am not very good at literal English. - I find some sounds distracting and some very painful, at school I have to block my ears when the bell rings, or I have to block my ears when an ambulance drives past. I hate the smell of strong deodorant and perfume and. I also recognise people by their unique smell instead of voice. - I am very easily distracted - I see some pictures as sounds, and sounds as pictures, e.g. when I listen to music I can easily imagine patterns and pictures in my mind. Here are some things about me that do not match someone with AS - I can eat anything, I have no trouble with certain textures or flavours of food - I have not really had trouble with making friends, and I moved schools 7 times except for one school, in one school I did not make any friends, but I stayed there for only 1 year and in the next school I made a few very close friends - I do not get upset when my time table gets rearranged; change is not a problem to me. - I am terrible at math, no matter how much I study and listen in class, I just can not do math - I was never said to be the "nerd" at school, I was never bossy, I was always known as the shy quiet girl and I am still shy and quiet today. - I asked my mum if I have AS but she said that I don't, but could it be possible that she never noticed my symptoms? Because I have a strong feeling that I do, because I feel very different and socially different and people have told me that I am weird. Some people have told me that I always look sad or that I make weird face expressions for certain moments. (MORE)
Yes I do also why are you asking this question Sure, don't see why not.
Asperger's Syndrome is related to autism. Both are in the family of autism spectrum disorders. The two conditions have very similar symptoms, but Asperger's Syndrome is less likely to have a delay in the development of language use. When a child has the symptoms, autism is often diagnosed when IQ is… below average, while Asperger's Syndrome is more likely to be diagnosed when IQ is known to be average or above average. (MORE)
As far as I know, he has not been formally diagnosed with any form of ASD (autism spectrum disorder). However, having read the Rolling Stone article of his background and his life, it sure sounds like a possibility. Here is an excerpt from the article: "After some cake, Jennifer says goodbye and goe…s for a hug. Joel leans into his sister and, looking the other way, mutters, "See ya." (It's not a rebuff, his mom says: "That's just the way he is.") ". I recommend you read the article. (MORE)
In order to enter the police force, a person must pass both psychological and physical reviews. I would not say it could never be done, but it would not be likely. Most people with Aspergers Syndrome tend to have some issues with speech and social interaction. These would both count against a possib…le officer candidate. (MORE)
What is the job for a person who works with children who have Asperger's Syndrome or autism or related disorders?
Are you looking for a career title or seeking specialized help? An obvious answer would be a professional counselor, social worker, psychologist, etc... with experience in working with these disorders. They are out of the range of most counselors but these professionals do exist. If you are interest…ed from a vocational perspective, you at least a bachelors with additional certification in social work. (MORE)
Yes, Asperger's Syndrome is a condition you have for life. You will not outgrow it, so you will still have it as an adult.
-Problems with social skills (like difficulty interacting/making friends) -Eccentric or Repetitive Behavior (like hand wringing or finger twisting) -Unusual preoccupations or rituals (like dressing in a certain order) -Communication difficulties (like not making eye contact, having trouble usi…ng facial expressions and gestures, and understanding body language) -Limited range of interests (like an interest in very few areas, such as sports schedules, weather, or maps) -Coordination problems (like clumsy or awkward movements) -Skilled or talented (like being exceptionally talented or skilled in a particular area, such as music or math.) Hope I helped and best of wishes. :) For more information please Google your question, or talk to your or your child's doctor. (MORE)
No, Asperger's Syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Spectrum Disorders are thought to be genetic. What we do know, however, is that Asperger's Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders are the result of brain abnormalities, which cannot be caused by simple stress during pregnancy. If you are… worried, talk to your OBGYN. (MORE)
Asperger Syndrome kids are more likely to be harmed by their classmates than to cause them any harm, since most AS kids make very attractive targets for bullying. Bullied kids, on rare occasions, may retaliate against their classmates. Also, Asperger Syndrome makes a kid more prone to getting ove…rwhelmed or panicking in reaction to certain situations (eg change in routine) and this can cause a tantrum, which may include aggressive behavior (this is usually not severe, however). However, Asperger Syndrome kids are not generally a high risk to their classmates. They are not malicious, just easily overwhelmed and likely to be victimized. If a child with Asperger Syndrome is malicious, that probably signals that they have another condition as well, such as conduct disorder. This is not associated with Asperger Syndrome, but mere chance can result in a kid having both conditions. (MORE)
In order to qualify for an Asperger's diagnosis, the individualmust have an IQ in the Normal Range (of IQ scores) or higher. TheNormal Range is where the IQ's of more than 60% of the overallpopulation (whether Asperger/Autistic or not) lay, and is definedas being a score between 90 and 109. The lowe…r of these two figuresis of note, because it is significantly above the cut-off for anIntellectual Disability (formerly known as Mental Retardation).There is a common misconception that an individual with Asperger'sis merely an Autistic who does not have an Intellectual Disability- defined as having an IQ of below 70. But any individual with anIQ between 70 and 89, having a score below the normal range, wouldstill not meet one of the core criteria for an Asperger'sdiagnosis. It should also be noted that for even those with Classic(low-functioning) Autism, an Intellectual Disability features inonly 50 - 70% of cases*. As explained above, the minimum IQ for an individual withAsperger's is a score of 90. It is also of note that there is nomaximum IQ score for these individuals. Scores of over 130(qualification to Mensa), even over 200, while uncommon, occur at asomewhat higher frequency than in the general population. This isone reason Asperger's has been described by some as "GeniusSyndrome". Though while this may seem the case for certainindividuals, it can hardly be generalized across the entire group. Calculating the IQ with precision for an individual with Asperger'sis [often] notoriously difficult. Unlike individuals withoutAsperger's, who typically have a fairly even profile of abilities,a person with Asperger's may vary markedly between what they dowell and what they do not. Since IQ tests were never designed forpeople with such fluctuations, the score for a person withAsperger's is often given as a range (e.g. 139 - 145) than as anexact figure. Two points are of note here. Firstly; because therescore can be so difficult to calculate, the score is often given asbeing several point below what their true score actually is. Thesecond point is that while their proficiencies and deficiencies mayvary to a much greater degree than someone without Asperger's, theystill manage to attain (on average) a average score several pointsabove. This is to say that while their performance on some portionsof the test are considerably below a non-Asperger with identicalIQ, the areas in which they excel may be markedly superior. NB. The IQ scores listed here are from the Weschler AdultIntelligence Scale (WAIS). * Low-functioning does not mean low IQ, as many Low-functioningindividuals have IQ scores in the normal range, and some possiblyas high as 130 (98th percentile). Levels of global functioning area person's ability to cope with the stresses of life, to feed, washand maintain themselves (etc), and whether they can do this withoutthe care of others i.e. parent/carer. All individuals withAsperger's, by diagnostic criteria, are High-functioning. Meaningthese individuals can look after themselves without the assistenceof others. Whereas Low-functioning individuals, to varying degrees,cannot. All so-called "normal people" are High-functioning. IQ hasonly a partial relationship to global functioning. In order to beconsidered High-fuctioning, the individual cannot have anIntellectual Disability. Whereas Low-functioning status isindependent of IQ. These individuals may or may not have anintellectual disability. (MORE)
People with Aspergers have problems with interacting directly with other people and a few other minor symtoms. Other than that, they are just as normal as the rest of us.
Is it possible for someone with Asperger's syndrome to want to overcome their instinctive stress about change?
It is certainly possible. Perhaps, almost all people with Asperger's Syndrome want to overcome their stress in reaction to change. Unfortunately, wanting to overcome it is not enough.
Someone with aspergers could do anything they wanted! But typicall aspergers jobs tend to be computer proggramming, scientists, jobs that may require alot of math and scinece skills. But an aspie can do what they want
Yes. My mother told me she thought I had a touch of OCD because I was so perfectionistic.
My parents were completely baffled, because they never had exposure to a problem like mine. They sometimes acted mean when it was never my intent to upset them. Thankfully, I did get counseling for most of my life, and my paternal grandmother told me to NEVER blame myself for a problem that wasn't m…y fault. Grandparents can have the same problem. My maternal grandparents blamed my mother, saying she wasn't strict enough with me and I could behave appropriately if I wanted to. They didn't understand that you can't solve autism spectrum disorders alone - you need professional help. Unfortunately, some parents and grandparents believe there's no such thing as disabilities and disorders, and that help is available. Children and grandchildren in this situation can suffer permanent psychological damage and even be suicidal. (MORE)
Possibly. I once knew a man who was obsessed with Classical Music, was hypersensitive, and talked too much.
Although not an expert by any means, and going solely on my experience as the mother of an Asperger's son, the moment I came across Steve's personality on television and the things I've read about him (I just bought his biography), I would definitely say that indeed he and the Facebook kid are both …Asperger's. The fact that neither of them was/has been diagnosed officially doesn't' mean anything, since most Asperger's children unfortunately go undiagnosed for most of their life. Those of us that deal with Asperger's know that although we can't specifically describe how we recognize Asperger's, we DO KNOW when we see it. I believe my son is one of the lucky ones that was diagnosed early enough to begin social therapy, and he has improved tremendously for which I'm very grateful. However my heart goes out to the perhaps thousands of children that will go through life not knowing exactly what's wrong with them and why they can't keep friends. I hope our society creates more social environments (schools) where special kids like Asperger's can really develop and share with the rest of the world their genious. I know Steve and Mark didn't have that luxury, and look how far they've taken us. Imagine what it would be like if they had all the support mechanisms that their personalities need... (MORE)
A good job for someone with aspergers is something that requires some form of repetition, as they are most likely to benefit from this.
I hate to gloat but we excel in anything we put our mind on... And even to the point of extreme obsession.
This would probably be done on a case by case basis. It depends on how severe it is. However, unfortunately I don't think that they would be overly keen to recruit someone with Asperger's syndrome so avoid the topic unless asked directly. Don't lie because in the end it will all come out and they wo…uld probably chuck you out for lying to them. (MORE)
Depends on the person, most people with Asperger's Syndrome have aparticualar intrest which they tend to pursue, which could effectjobs.
There are plenty of possible symptoms of Asperger's syndrome. However, the main symptom is significant trouble with the social situations. Some specific symptoms might be dislike any changes in routines, appear to lack empathy, avoid eye contact or stare at others and many other symptoms.
Absolutely not. It is possible to pass it on to your children, but it is not contagious or anything like that.