Nowadays, every stage of our life demands high proficiency and faster actions. If a person is not that fast to respond, he is left behind as not being competent in that particular environment. Everyone seems to be in a race, where we are trying to exceed at any cost so that we will not be tag as a failure. In this hurly-burly situation, what if a person has autism? Does it affect his working ability or will he go through this anyways? Let’s find it out.
First of all, as we know that autism is a developmental disorder, it means symptoms are more. likely to occur in the early years for instance, from 2 years old to onwards. The most common thing that is notice in people with autism is their inability to communicate and interact with teammates. Not only is it a job or work, but it also affects their learning experience too. Undoubtedly, learning requires proper interaction and communication, which the person with autism may lack.
To overcome these disabilities, instructors need to be extra efficient. They must find out different ways to keep the interest in that person alive. If the instructor is experience and really wants to work on the disable person, it can work wonders.
Now we have got the overview of what Autism actually is, the next step is figuring out what type of behavior an autistic person has and how it affects their functionality at work or learning environment.
Some signs of Autism at work.
No doubt, autism can be diagnose either at an early or later stage but it doesn’t mean we can’t find out if they had autism or not. It’s because of the following reasons. Following are the signs that an autistic person may have.
• A job or when a person is at work, the most important thing is perfect efficiency and confidence depending on which they are select in the first place. Confidence is seen in the eyes of an employee but the autistic person is unable to maintain eye contact continuously. This seems the person is not interest in what is being said or they are taking it for grant.
Here, if the boss is professional enough to find out the inner capabilities of a person then he will not implement the common criteria for the autistic person. The boss needs to upgrade his view to make them work amazingly. It’s definitely not impossible because having autism doesn’t mean a person is unable to work.
• The other common thing is not being able to listen properly. They are not fast enough to respond like normal people. They are slow to remember names and may not answer at once upon calling. In this way, it is not wrong to say that they are unable to converse attentively, which sometimes makes other people frustrated when talking to them.
Why do normal people not like talking to autistic people? It’s actually not because autistic people are unable to converse better, it’s because normal people are not patient enough to get their point. If the person really remains patient, he can discover extraordinary qualities in the person with autism. An autistic person may repeat things while talking and don’t give others a chance to speak. On the other hand, they may not even speak at all. Sometimes they talk about an irrelevant topic in which no one takes an interest.
In addition to this, autistic people are too slow to get someone’s point of view. In this way, it is not easy for them to adjust according to different social surroundings at work.
What Should Autistic People Do To Go Forward?
After finding out the difference in the behavior of the person with autism, it becomes clear that they should find a job where they are not judge base on a few factors. They should find work where they are not require to prove themselves again and again.
If they have skills for something, this may not prove to be enough as some jobs give importance to behavioral excellency more than work. So an autistic person needs to find a comfortable place where he will have to appear in a less challenging situation as compared to others.
They fear being left alone or hated by others at work which is why it’s quite important to find understanding teammates. Looking for a place where employers are broad-mind and flexible to the needs of an individual is their priority. Autistic ones need to be understood, and their needs and behavior should be accepte by the employer and other teammates. It will encourage and in turn help them explore their extraordinary abilities.
Choosing The Right Field.
It can be quite complicate for an autistic person to find the right job according to their skills and interests as he or she is going to face challenges at every step.
Firstly, he must be sure about his talent and strengths. For instance, if he is good at noticing minor details, he should go for a copy editor. If he is an expert in math, he would go for accounting. In the same way, many other jobs suit their skills, including graphic designer, engineering, and set designer.
Now just like that, let’s come to weaknesses. Sometimes an autistic person is unable to pay attention to sudden things, for instance, he is unable to give a sudden reaction, then he knows that he can’t work as a watchman. Moreover, if he is bad at remembering things, he can’t work as a waiter. In this way, he can find the best for himself regardless of weaknesses that will not affect his work. He can go for any online work too if he thinks he is not comfortable with the environment.
Then comes interviews. We all agree that even the majority of normal people hesitate during the interview and can forget an even simpler thing. To overcome this, autistic ones should practice their interpersonal skills again and again. That they will be ready to face mock interviews with balanced body language.
We have come to know a lot about what autism actually is and what it feels like. So the chief factor is looking for a job where they are not dehumanize but respect for who they are. Autism at work shouldn’t be taken as a disability but people with different abilities.