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- 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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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.
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. S…ubtle hints never registered with me. A: Absolutely! Some people with AS do not experience many overtures of friendship, so when 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.
Asperger's Syndrome affects everyone differently, so it's possible that hypersexuality can happen.
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 difference in the brain wiring, so drugs will not "cure" it, but they can help with some of the symptoms.
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 Syndr…ome 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.
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.
Yes! People with Asperger's do have more of a tendency to get angry (usually due to frustration) but numerous studies show they are far less likely to get violent than society… as a whole.
There's NO discrimination - it affects people all over the world.
-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 using 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.
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 overwhelmed 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.
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.
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.
In Steve Jobs
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 t…hings 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...
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 wit…h Asperger's syndrome so avoid the topic unless asked directly. Don't lie because in the end it will all come out and they would probably chuck you out for lying to them.