Asperger Syndrome in The Workplace

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Asperger Syndrome in The Workplace2010-07-29T18:58:40+00:00

Assessment and Consultation

Asperger Syndrome (AS) is increasingly being recognized as having a greatly underestimated prevalence clinically and in the workplace. Furthermore, several research studies as well as clinical experience shows, that the incidence of AS or indeed, autistic features, is selectively (but not exclusively) higher, in industrial and academic workforces associated with the natural sciences, especially in the mathematical, computational, engineering and related fields. AS individuals are generally speaking both highly valued technically, often being amongst the most fastidious and reliable from a technical viewpoint, yet difficult to manage interpersonally owing to core social impairments.

Several organisations have employed AS individuals, recognising their unique qualities and have benefited from their contributions. On gaining an understanding of the nature of this complex condition, and obtaining informed professional advice on their management needs organisations are frequently able to assist in the shaping of the individual’s personal and professional development. However, where the condition remains undetected or inappropriately managed, the consequences can be damaging to employer and employee alike.

We have a special interest in and substantial experience of Asperger Syndrome both clinically and in the workplace. We have thirty years combined clinical and academic experience in a variety of settings, and we are able to provide focused consultation to employers and affected employees. Such consultation will ensure that managers:

Have a clear idea at a practical level of what AS is.

  • Know how to recognize certain features in individuals in their workforce who may have this condition.
  • Have greater awareness of how to address the matter initially.
  • Have greater awareness of how and whom to refer on to, in more concerning cases.


  • Offering guidance on the in-house management of workforces so affected.
  • Offering ergonomic advice and guidance regarding optimal office managing of such individuals.
  • Presenting clear picture of the individual employee and how the condition impacts on him or her specifically as well as core strengths owing to the condition.
  • Presenting guidance of best practice in managing individual features of the condition as they occur in the workplace, based on sound clinical judgement and negotiation with the employee of ‘what works best’.

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