Aspergers Successful Adults

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Aspergers in adults has its own symptoms & challenges. Relationships, Job, Career, Family, Parenting are some of the areas where Aspies sometimes struggle.

Suitable Careers for Adults with Aspergers"Are there some careers that people with Aspergers Syndrome do well in compared to others? My son (high functioning) will graduate from high school in a few weeks, and I am feeling a bit concerned about his future. His one and only interest currently is computers."Because adults with Aspergers (High- Functioning Autism) have normal to high intelligence, they often go into some very interesting and lucrative careers when they get older.

Includes: diagnosing mild aspergers syndrome, symptoms of mild aspergers syndrome, getting help, and conclusion. "Are there some careers that people with Aspergers Syndrome do well in compared to others? My son (high functioning) will graduate from high school in a few weeks.

Aspergers Successful Adults

Asperger syndrome is a now-outdated name for high functioning autism. Could you or someone you love have the symptoms of Asperger syndrome? Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to.

In many cases, the field they enter is related to one or more of those things they were fixated on as a child. For example, if an Aspergers child has a fixation on the weather, he or she can think about a career in meteorology. Other careers include working in the music industry.

Aspergers individuals often develop striking musical abilities and can then work in this field as a later career. Careers involving mathematics or science are also common in Aspergers.

This can include becoming an accountant, working in economics or scientific research, working as a university professor or other mathematical or scientific area. Often, the interest in math and science are natural gifts for these children, and the transition from avocation to vocation is usually a seamless one. Careers in writing are not uncommon for Aspergers individuals. Writing is a solitary task, and often times, the Aspergers individual can learn to use words on a page to create books, articles and other material that overcomes their natural need to think in pictures. Unexplained Nose Bleed In Adults.

Usually, the process of exploring careers needs to be done sooner for Aspies than with other individuals. Talking with guidance and career counselors is a good idea in order to explore possible options. Tours of different careers or shadowing a scientist or mathematician may help the Aspergers adolescent to get an idea of which type of career would be the best for him/her.

Older Aspergers teens should be doing plenty of reading about careers and jobs specific to those with Aspergers. Two books, Aspergers Syndrome Employment Workbook: An Employment Workbook for Adults with Aspergers Syndrome (paperback) and Employment for Individuals with Aspergers Syndrome and Non- Verbal Learning Disability by Yvona Fast are available in some bookstores or at www. There are plenty of ideas as to how to begin searching for an appropriate career in these publications.

There is nothing to limit a young person to just the areas listed above. Many Aspies have found success in other areas of employment. Pay attention to your child’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as the interests he/she exhibits. The Aspergers Comprehensive Handbook COMMENTS: •    Anonymous said..

As Jon Willis said. His was computers as well and he has done that and managed to build onto it. Go with the flow while building up experience and courage to step out a little bit more. Aspies can do and will achieve. Mary Camp- Autism. Have you read this ?•    Anonymous said.. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg are a part if an initiative to get high schools to start teaching code, which is something that a lot of aspergers kids really understand!

Computers are a great career track for anyone!•    Anonymous said.. Contact the school.

Does he have an IEP? If so, they can refer to voc rehab for transitional services. My daughter has ASD. She is very bright but could not cope in some classrooms & has IEP even with A's & B's. Every state has a Voc Rehab.

They will be a job coach for him so he can test different jobs or they will offer college support. Both in effort to prepare him for the work force. Its a fed gvt program funnelled down to the states. Ultimately its an effort to rehab folks with disabilities so they can earn a living and not spend life on ssi/ssd•    Anonymous said.. Have you watched the documentary on John Robinson,?•    Anonymous said.. I am quite sure that there are specialists in this area who assess those with ASD to assist in working out their strengths for this purpose!•    Anonymous said..

I know that is covered in the adult assessment here in Australia. Not sure about other places though. I wish you and your son all the best!!•    Anonymous said.. It has long been suggested that Bill Gates is an aspie. Computers will be enough if he decides to go that route.•    Anonymous said.. I've found that "growing up" is subjective, and often times, over rated.

I don't think of it as moving out of my comfort zone, rather extending it into other areas.•    Anonymous said.. Many tech careers, engineering, art for some, a lot of aspie symptoms improve or refine with age and the aspie gifts start- a- shinin'•    Anonymous said..

My husband has Aspergers and he works in IT. He doesn't talk on the phone but in these times of smart phones he can be contacted pretty much anytime anywhere by email. It took him a long time to find a workplace in which he felt comfortable but I think that's the case for many people Aspergers or not!•    Anonymous said..

Aspergers Test Quiz Results Meaning. You have now completed the 5. Aspergers AQ test and have your AQ score in front of you. So what does this number mean? Basically the range for possible answers is 0 to 5. The information below shows you the different ranges as recorded from others sitting this same AQ quiz over the years.

It is also possible to have aspergers or mild autism within this range. Asperger syndrome or autism. In fact, scores of 3. ASD. It is important to keep in mind that this quiz and the result you got are a useful tool, but are by no means a form of diagnosis or asperger’s syndrome or an autism spectrum disorder. If your resulting AQ score was above 3.

ASD or aspergers. If you suspect that you or someone you care about is affected by asperger then it is important that you continue to learn more about this condition. You can begin on this website with some of the useful articles that are here and more that will be added in the future. Simon Baron- Cohen, a psychologist from Cambridge’s Autism Research Centre was assisted by his colleagues in the development of this AQ test.

This Autism Spectrum Quotient quiz was created to give an indication of autism spectrum disorder traits in adults. It is interesting to note that 1. Another point of interest is that around 8. AQ score of 3. 2 or higher out of the maximum 5. Below are the actual questions and instructions on taking the AQ Quiz. How to take the Aspergers AQ Test. For each question, record if you “Definitely agree”, “Slightly agree”, “Slightly disagree” or “Definitely disagree”.

I prefer to do things with others rather than on my own. I prefer to do things the same way over and over again. If I try to imagine something, I find it very easy to create a picture in my mind. I frequently get so strongly absorbed in one thing that I lose sight of other things. I often notice small sounds when others do not. I usually notice car number plates or similar strings of information.

Other people frequently tell me that what I’ve said is impolite, even though I think it is polite. When I’m reading a story, I can easily imagine what the characters might look like.

I am fascinated by dates. In a social group, I can easily keep track of several different people’s conversations.

I find social situations easy. I tend to notice details that others do not. I would rather go to a library than to a party.

I find making up stories easy. I find myself drawn more strongly to people than to things. I tend to have very strong interests, which I get upset about if I can’t pursue. I enjoy social chitchat.

When I talk, it isn’t always easy for others to get a word in edgewise. I am fascinated by numbers. When I’m reading a story, I find it difficult to work out the characters’ intentions. I don’t particularly enjoy reading fiction. I find it hard to make new friends. I notice patterns in things all the time. I would rather go to the theater than to a museum.

It does not upset me if my daily routine is disturbed. I frequently find that I don’t know how to keep a conversation going. I find it easy to “read between the lines” when someone is talking to me. I usually concentrate more on the whole picture, rather than on the small details. I am not very good at remembering phone numbers. I don’t usually notice small changes in a situation or a person’s appearance.

I know how to tell if someone listening to me is getting bored. I find it easy to do more than one thing at once. When I talk on the phone, I’m not sure when it’s my turn to speak. I enjoy doing things spontaneously. I am often the last to understand the point of a joke.

I find it easy to work out what someone is thinking or feeling just by looking at their face. If there is an interruption, I can switch back to what I was doing very quickly.

I am good at social chitchat. People often tell me that I keep going on and on about the same thing. When I was young, I used to enjoy playing games involving pretending with other children. I like to collect information about categories of things (e. I find it difficult to imagine what it would be like to be someone else.

I like to carefully plan any activities I participate in. I enjoy social occasions. I find it difficult to work out people’s intentions. New situations make me anxious.

I enjoy meeting new people. I am a good diplomat. I am not very good at remembering people’s date of birth. I find it very easy to play games with children that involve pretending. Psychologist Simon Baron- Cohen and his colleagues at Cambridge’s Autism Research Centre have created the Autism- Spectrum Quotient, or AQ, as a measure of the extent of autistic traits in adults.

In the first major trial using the test, the average score in the control group was 1. Eighty percent of those diagnosed with autism or a related disorder scored 3.

The test is not a means for making a diagnosis, however, and many who score above 3. Asperger’s report no difficulty functioning in their everyday lives.

ASPIE STRATEGY: The Hidden Autistics. Recently I encountered a problem while collaborating with a group therapist with whom I share a patient. My patient has progressed quickly in therapy, as do many adults on the spectrum. However he did not start off as stereotypically autistic. In fact, initially he presented as many of my patients do: shy, articulate, witty. Good eye contact.

Appropriate affect. Typical posture, gait and gesturing. It took a few sessions to realize this fine gentleman suffered mightly with the symtoms of Asperger Syndrome, which he kept well managed and thoroughly hidden. Contrary to the stereotyoes of adults on the spectrum, my patient displayed no "meltdown" behavior, was keenly (TOO keenly) aware of people's reactions to him and exhibited no bizarre special interests or encyclopedic knowledge of vaccuum models. In fact, "Joe", as we'll call him, socialized quite well.

He seemed quietly confident and wry, intelligent and perceptive. People responded well to him, really liked him, though probably none of them would describe him as a close friend.

No one realized - in fact he often went without realizing - that his baseline anxiety approached panic on a regular basis. As soon as he was out of bed, existential angst was his constant companion. His difficulty managing his thoughts made rudimentary conversations minefields to be navigated.

And navigate he did, dodging social errors with the same fright and determination one might actually dodge mines. After even minor social interactions he routinely found himself exhausted, and would retreat to soothing, isolated activity: sculpture, writing, woodworking. Not conversation with his wife.

Diagnosing this man was problematic. He truly did not fit the criteria for Asperger Syndrome. In fact, the only person to suspect he was on the spectrum was his wife, who puzzled endlessly about this curious man. He seems so sensitive and kind, she would say. Yet he ignores my birthday and hangs up before saying goodbye. He's so charming with others, yet so silent at home.

He never misses a deadline at work, yet cannot remember to give our dog his heart medication. Partners of people on the spectrum are drawn to what they can sense is inside their partner. Yet they feel shut out, left pining for connection with this special person who remains unreachable.

It can be a confusing relationship, and one that can easily lead to resentment. So what was the problem I ran into with the collaborating therapist? She found it hilarious - outrageous! Joe had been diagnosed with Asperger's. When Joe would make an insightful comment during group session, this group therapist and members would share a hearty laugh, rolling their eyes that this sensitive man had been diagnosed as autistic. When Joe would tear up recounting his wife's rage and disappointment, he'd hear "So Mr.

Autistic is shaking because his wife got angry! Ha ha!  Shouldn't you be indifferent and focusing on dinosaurs?" (I'm sorry to say this is a direct quote.)  The general public, even many clinicians, cannot believe someone like Joe can be autistic. His social deficits are so well hidden that he has convinced the world his autism does not exist. And he has perhaps convinced himself.

One person remains unconvinced. His wife.  After a long day of running what he terms his "social program", feigning natural banter and hiding anxiety, he is exhausted. His wife comes home to a man who has retreated to isolation as a desperate attempt to find peace and rest. I'd like to write more about this "hidden autistic" phenomena. Someone must.  Adults on the spectrum are often too good at convincing others they are fine, have no emotions, are robotic.

This is never the case, and the illusion can be dangerous to long- term mental health for autistics and their partners alike. Clicky Bones In Adults.