Today I want to talk about a recent employment success story with a person with Asperger’s.
I was recently assigned to conduct an environmental work assessment with this young man. He listed his issues as Asperger’s, obesity, back aches, leg aches and insomnia. There have been a few challenges in this man’s life. During the initial interview his parent stated, “He can’t do anything but eat and sleep.” She had no confidence that he could ever hold a job.
This gentleman is not a kid, he is a little older, which goes to show that the confidence we have in our kids trickles down throughout life. This gentleman really doesn’t think he can work and was not very enthusiastic about our meeting.
I had him take a self-evaluation which he was able to complete on his own and showed that he did not have a lot of confidence in his abilities.
He said that he would really like to do data entry at a large IT company but showed that he could not type very well. Many of our high functioning kids with autism want to do some sort of IT/Gaming work but do not really know what it entails. This is where realistic level setting come into play about expectations and education.
I took this gentleman to three different work environments to observe social skills, problem solving, communication challenges, physical challenges and more.
He loved interacting with the cats.
I first observed him in a retail setting. He had been let go from a large retailer a number of years ago and was not enthusiastic about this setting. He talked about how much he disliked the management and how he was not treated well. This environment did not go well. He was not energetic or motivated. There was a lot of “poor me” going on.