Asperger’s syndrome is characterized by problems relating to others. It is similar to autism and is considered part of the autism spectrum, but Asperger’s sufferers are better able to cope with people and problems. Despite this, people afflicted with this condition often don’t do well in certain types of jobs and they need a predictable, safe environment to function well.
Basic Work Requirements
Asperger’s Syndrome is a collection of symptoms – each of which falls within a range from minimally affected to significantly affected – so no two people with Asperger’s will be affected in exactly the same way. Jobs should be tailored to the needs of the individual. People with this syndrome are often highly intelligent but unable to function as others do in social situations. This leads to them being ostracized because co-workers don’t understand the problem. No matter how a person is affected, people with Asperger’s usually need to work where their co-workers are understanding and bullying is not tolerated.
Detailed and Repetitive Tasks
People with Asperger’s frequently have the ability to focus on the little details essential to tasks such as product testing and quality control. The constant repetition of a task offers structure and stability, something that many people with Asperger’s need if they’re to be successful. Sufferers who function best with a predictable routine and minimal changes in their day-to-day tasks may do well testing software, from home or at the office, or checking that the company’s products function as advertised.
Minimal Social Interactions
Many Asperger’s sufferers struggle with social interactions and won’t do well in jobs that require them to deal with others. The degree to which this is a problem depends on how much the person struggles in this area; some sufferers can interact relatively normally while some are unable to deal with other people at all. Good jobs for those who cannot interact socially include computer programming, accounting and individual research, especially in the areas of science and math.
It’s common for people with Asperger’s to have a strong creative streak and to excel in various types of creative pursuits. Some sufferers have exceptional musical talents that show up even when they’re children, and the skills they acquire when they’re young can end up making them employable as adults. Writing and artistic endeavors also provide job opportunities for those with Asperger’s; jobs where creativity coupled with a solitary task provide the ideal work environment. Asperger’s sufferers often appear obsessed with certain subjects and can do well when working in fields related to those things.
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