In a previous post we briefly discussed the importance of the inventory assessment in securing employment. This inventory also helps employment specialists identify an individual’s personal preferences.
As you know, Aspergers manifests itself uniquely to each person, so employment specialists have to know which types of stimuli will be helpful, and which will be hurtful.
Is the individual sensitive to noise? Are they comfortable working outdoors? Can they tolerate working in a closed space for an eight-hour shift? What are their social tolerances? Essentially, we need to understand if an individual is hypo-sensitive or hypersensitive. Knowing the answers to these questions in advance help to ensure future success.
Unfortunately, I have encountered a great number of my clients who would just burn through jobs one after the other simply because they could never isolate that one critical issue, that one barrier to success. Once they, through the use of thoughtful assessment and training, identify and categorize their specific and unique barriers, we can work together to find an environment that is suited to their needs and more importantly their talents.
Workplace safety is another reason that the Inventory Assessment is so critical. Because, let’s be honest, if they won’t be safe, what is the point? A vital element in assuring future workplace safety is developing confidence and personal awareness. In my experience, the assessment process builds that confidence in the individual. Once they see that someone wants to know them, wants to understand them, they begin to conquer some of those social barriers indicative of Asperger’s. The process also allows for self-reflection that builds self-awareness and allows the individual to work into employment with the skills to succeed.
By Maggie Cromeens
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