Employment and the Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Communication and Socialization

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Consider the complexities and requirements of the social environment in an employment situation. This video clip from Autism Strategies in Action describes the challenges of the social environment and the social competencies needed to successfully navigate social situations.

  • Difficulty learning the rules of the workplace
  • Difficulty developing a comfort level with new supervisors and coworkers
  • Not knowing whom to go to with questions or for help
  • Unintended comments or actions that are considered inappropriate, rude or even harassment

Needed competencies may range from the very basic social skills expected of a young adult to the complex aspects of reading body language and interpreting another’s perspective or point of view. This includes understanding the workplace culture, nonverbal body language and coworkers’ feelings.

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