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Asperger Syndrome and Employment: What People with Asperger Syndrome Really Really Want
 
 

Asperger Syndrome and Employment: What People with Asperger Syndrome Really Really Want [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Hendrickx
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The number of adults with Asperger Syndrome retaining full-time employment is extremely low in comparison to those who may be considered to have more limiting conditions and disabilities. This book identifies why this is the case by asking the individuals concerned what they find difficult about working.

Looking at expectations, motivations, working conditions and other factors, Sarah Hendrickx explores the reasons why work just doesn't work for many people with Asperger Syndrome and how to resolve these issues. Featuring personal stories from those with AS, the book highlights successful scenarios and provides suggestions for both employers and those in search of work on how to improve employment for the benefit of everyone.

Asperger Syndrome and Employment provides essential information for those making the decisions and acknowledges what people with AS really want from a job so they can make employment work for them.

About the Author

Sarah Hendrickx is a Training Manager at Aspire, a project offering training for organizations and mentoring for adults with Asperger Syndrome in Brighton and Hove, UK. Sarah also works as a freelance trainer and consultant in autistic spectrum conditions. She is author of Love, Sex and Long Term Relationships: What People with Asperger Syndrome Really Really Want and co-authored Asperger Syndrome and Alcohol: Drinking to Cope? and Asperger Syndrome - A Love Story, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 298 KB
  • Print Length: 151 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1843106779
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub (15 Nov 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041OTALG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #442,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently Written & Down-to-earth! 8 Nov 2009
By edrm
Format:Paperback
This is exactly what I have wanted! The author reveals what Aspergians(people with Asperger Syndrome) want. 90% of the opinions of them in this book impact on me a great deal because it makes me realize how hard they struggle in order to survive at work or find their suitable jobs. Even today many Aspergians remain chronically unemployed or underachieved at work mainly because of social misfits they face. In this respect, I suppose the author meet the Aspergians' needs. Moreover, the author shows us how to get a suitable job as well as understandings of the reality Aspergians face. That's completely different from typical job hunting guides that really tire me a lot! Overall, I'm satisfied with her well-organized and practical approach to employment.

I know some Aspergians have never lost their jobs, but I believe this book is instructive even for them. And they might find some traits indicated there could apply to them. If they grasp what is written, they could realize what they hadn't before!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aspergers at Work 10 Jun 2011
By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Sarah Hendrikx presents the results of interviews about jobs with people who have Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Although it contains general information about AS and advice for AS job-seekers, the book's primary purpose is to present the words and experiences of AS workers.

The first chapter reviews how AS impacts work "and everything." It outlines AS differences in social interaction, communication, flexibility, environmental sensitivity, and anxiety. Chapter two discusses aspects of work challenging to AS employees. Structuring the work environment in certain ways may ease stress for those with AS. One example of an unsuccessful employment experience is examined in depth from the perspectives of the employer, the employee, and the employee's mentor.

Chapter three recommends strategies for success. Many AS employees enjoy jobs that allow working alone, grant autonomy, have clearly-defined roles and responsibilities, pose intellectual challenges, and appeal to their personal interests in an important topic. The last four chapters build on this foundation by discussing early developmental experiences that shape work expectations, how to search for a job, and how to find and use good support services. Chapter seven summarizes the book's suggestions for AS employees and their employers.

The real strengths of the book are each chapter's brief narratives from AS workers. It is instructive to hear their views in their own language. Many AS readers will find parallels to their own experiences. Extended case studies describe two unique organizations. Aspire is a non-profit that connects AS individuals with volunteer mentors who help with work and life skills. Specialisterne is a Copenhagen-based company that employs primarily AS individuals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 31 May 2014
Format:Paperback
This was an excellently thought out book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It is a must read for people on the Autism spectrum, and people who live with or care for them. It is also invaluable reading to employees and employers.

The presence of case studies are the thoughts of people on the Autism spectrum, who have been supported in work or voluntary work. A lot of the material I agreed with. All of the main sub-headings that may trouble an 'Aspie' person with regards to work, such as travel, interviews, CV's, being in a social environment are touched upon, but not in great depth (which I prefer).

Very highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Godsend 5 Dec 2009
By BeatleBangs1964 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of the best books for and about adults with Asperger's that I have ever come across. This author truly gets it!

If you have Asperger's or work with somebody who does, then make this book your best friend. This along with Tony Attwood's stellar books about Asperger's are the keys to tolerance.

Asperger's Syndrome (AS) is the sensori-neurobiological partner to autism. This gifted author gives good descriptions of "Aspie" behaviors and tendencies. Neurotypicals (NT) and people with AS alike will come away with a greater level of understanding and tolerance for people on the spectrum, and for those who are, for being on the spectrum. It is a real eye opener in how very challenging it is for people with AS to navigate social terrain and the large amount of effort that goes into getting through a work day.

This author provides invaluable information on helping people with AS find and secure employment. To make a good thing even better, I like the way coping strategies and sensory and language issues often impact on Aspies. This book is clear, logical and extremely well organized. For people with AS, it is just this logic and order that makes the information ready, accessible and applicable.

I would like to propose a toast to this author and add a deep and heartfelt thanks for this important book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Short on Advice 9 May 2010
By Baron M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book thinking it would provide advice on suitable careers for those with AS and where to start. There's a bit of that, but that's not the focus. The author clearly has considerable experience dealing with those on the AS spectrum, but most of this book is page after page of testimony given by people the author has interviewed. Examples are always useful in getting the point across, but I found them too numerous and they often rambled on and on. One other point, the author is British and the book is aimed at those living in the UK. Some of it still applies if you live elsewhere, but many of the support agencies and offices mentioned are unique to the UK.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aspergers at Work 12 Dec 2010
By John M. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sarah Hendrikx presents the results of interviews about jobs with people who have Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Although it contains general information about AS and advice for AS job-seekers, the book's primary purpose is to present the words and experiences of AS workers.

The first chapter reviews how AS impacts work "and everything." It outlines AS differences in social interaction, communication, flexibility, environmental sensitivity, and anxiety. Chapter two discusses aspects of work challenging to AS employees. Structuring the work environment in certain ways may ease stress for those with AS. One example of an unsuccessful employment experience is examined in depth from the perspectives of the employer, the employee, and the employee's mentor.

Chapter three recommends strategies for success. Many AS employees enjoy jobs that allow working alone, grant autonomy, have clearly-defined roles and responsibilities, pose intellectual challenges, and appeal to their personal interests in an important topic. The last four chapters build on this foundation by discussing early developmental experiences that shape work expectations, how to search for a job, and how to find and use good support services. Chapter seven summarizes the book's suggestions for AS employees and their employers.

The real strengths of the book are each chapter's brief narratives from AS workers. It is instructive to hear their views in their own language. Many AS readers will find parallels to their own experiences. Extended case studies describe two unique organizations. Aspire is a non-profit that connects AS individuals with volunteer mentors who help with work and life skills. Specialisterne is a Copenhagen-based company that employs primarily AS individuals. They provide contract IT services to their clients and maintain an AS-friendly workplace for their employees.

The book is highly recommended for readers who want to understand the challenges and opportunities for AS individuals on the job. Those looking for a more in-depth treatment of AS itself should read Tony Attwood's The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently Written & Down-to-earth! 8 Nov 2009
By edrm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is exactly what I have wanted! The author reveals what Aspergians(people with Asperger Syndrome) want. 90% of the opinions of them in this book impact on me a great deal because it makes me realize how hard they struggle in order to survive at work or find their suitable jobs. Even today many Aspergians remain chronically unemployed or underachieved at work mainly because of social misfits they face. In this respect, I suppose the author meet the Aspergians' needs. Moreover, the author shows us how to get a suitable job as well as understandings of the reality Aspergians face. That's completely different from typical job hunting guides that really tire me a lot! Overall, I'm satisfied with her well-organized and practical approach to employment.

I know some Aspergians have never lost their jobs, but I believe this book is instructive even for them. And they might find some traits indicated there could apply to them. If they grasp what is written, they could realize what they hadn't before!
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