Autism in Grown ups – A few Employment Work Ideas

One of the largest worries if you have autism in adults is what their future will likely be like. Will they manage to work? Hold down employment? While this question is actually very different for every person, there are some ideas to help you answer this question.

The amount of job will obviously be determined by their skill and functioning level, but here are a few ideas for autism in adults where in fact the adult is at the lower end of the functioning level. They still have skills to use, but they have many challenges as well.

1. Use their skills and interests

Most adults with autism have skills that could be capitalized on in a job. Do they have a need for order, and like to line things up a lot? Teach them how exactly to file, and see if they can get a part-time job in an office.

Perhaps food can be an interest, but you are not sure what jobs in a restaurant a grown-up with autism would be with the capacity of. See if they will get employment delivering flyers for an area pizza place — something low stress and with little interaction with other folks — or cleaning tables of their favorite eatery. Using interests is always a sensible way to encourage motivation whenever using autism in adults.

2. Take full advantage of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The folks at these centers are usually great at pairing up people who have disabilities with jobs. The most useful things they can often do is provide use of employment coach when working with autism in adults.

Employment coach will shadow your adult with autism face to face and give them instruction or reassurance when they need it. After the person gets convenient and used to the job, the job coach is frequently faded out — but not always. Sometimes, Vocational Rehabilitation can offer paid internships of a sort. The adult with autism gets experience being trained in some area, and the business contributes part of the pay while Vocational Rehabilitation contributes the rest.

Individuals at Vocational Rehabilitation have lots of connections with employers all over your area, some that you may not have even heard of. They know which employers will probably work well with dealing with autism in adults, and which aren’t. They know who to talk to, and what to require. Say, for example, there exists a job that you imagine would fit your adult child with autism effectively, except for a few things they are unable to do. In a regular job situation, they might just show you the door, but Vocational Rehabilitation can often negotiate for a modified job position that more closely fits the talents and needs in regards to autism in adults.

There is often a wait list to get services from Vocational Rehabilitation, but it is worth it. Google Vocational Rehabilitation for the local area or look for it in the social services portion of your phone book.

3. Know what jobs are a good and bad fit

Take for example working the counter of a fast food restaurant. You need to take orders very rapidly, and be good at operating machinery, like the cash register, at a very fast pace. That would be overwhelming for a lot of adults with autism. Their processing speed is not that fast. Things get supported in their mind, also it can cause meltdowns, even though the task is simple.

Instead, choose something that is slow-paced or can be done at the person’s own pace. This often works perfectly when working with autism in adults. Perhaps, a thing that can be carried out on the sidelines?

Prefer to be outdoors? Maybe working as a cart attendant, putting back grocery carts, works. Others may get bored with the job, but an autistic person’s dependence on order may make this job interest them.

Perhaps putting stock on shelves? If the work is relaxed about the pace, may also appeal to the sense of order and everything in its place which is ordinarily a strength of adults with autism.