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What is Asperger Syndrome (AS)?
Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a mild form of autism, named after the Austrian paediatrician Hans Asperger. It is more common in males than females and is believed to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Autism is thought of today as a spectrum disorder with people with AS having less pronounced difficulties than people with classic autism and intellectual abilities in the normal to above-normal range.
What does it mean to have Asperger Syndrome?
The characteristics of autism fall into three main categories:
Characteristics of AS may include:
|Skills and Abilities||Difficulties|
|Unique way of thinking and processing information||Flexibility/seeing the big picture|
|Extensive knowledge in a particular field||Interpreting non-verbal communication or vague/unclear speech|
|High concentration levels||Expressing thoughts and feelings|
|Perfectionism/eye for detail||Socialising/making friends/social etiquette|
|Logical way of thinking/objectivity||Asking for help|
|Preference for routine||Managing time|
|Conscientiousness/reliability||Adapting to new situations|
People with AS may be over- or undersensitive to certain stimuli in any of the sensory areas (noise, touch, taste, smell, sight, balance and proprioception – sense of body position and movement). Consequences of this may include, amongst other things:
Strategies / Workplace Adjustments
Providing the right kind of support can not only help an employee with AS to be successful in a professional environment but the employer can also profit from the unique skills and abilities that the employee may bring to the workplace. Strategies that could be implemented include:
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.aspergersatwork.ch
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What you need to know when employing someone with Asperger Syndrome