Employment And Autism

Employment and autism concerns, let’s take a look at a few. As a counselor with a specialization in autism, I encounter many people on the autism spectrum of all ages. Can people with autism have occupation opportunities? Let’s discuss more in this article.

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Some were lucky to get diagnosed early with autism, so they could get immediate treatment and lead an everyday life. Others, however, spent their formative years in regular schools, wondering why they were slower than other kids intellectually and physically.

Then, their parents would only consider the possibility of them having autism when they could no longer find a college or workplace to give them an opportunity.

The biggest question is: Is there occupation waiting for those with autism?  What is the impact of autism and employments? Is work really possible for individuals with autism?

Autism and employments are significant topics, especially for parents of kids with autism. Autism and employments should be paid more attention to.

Relationship Between Career Occupation and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Yes, autism and employments can go hand in hand.

One of my newest autism clients had a similar story to the latter. His name was Sean.

Work For Kids With Special Needs

Here’s an interesting story on autism and employments. And how autism and employments impact parents and society as well.

When my empathetic husband referred the teenager with autism to me, he suggested offering family counseling as well. I had seen enough of my clients’ families to realize that not all of them wanted to accept that they produced a child with autism even if they already brought them out to seek autism help.

I must say that Sean had already been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism before his parents set up an appointment with me. From what my empathetic husband told me, the mom and dad took it the hard way, given how much they cried throughout the autism diagnosis face and even afterward. I knew from there that I needed to help Sean’s family understand autism.

Can autism be a hindrance to working for Sean? Is autism underrated in terms of employment, among others? How can autism and employments be viewed fairly? For those with Asperger’s, I believe autism and employments can happen.

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But our goal was to help and treat autism for that boy and to provide employment if possible. A person with autism or who is on the autism spectrum really has a hard time looking for a job and starting their autism and employments career.

The autism parents were aware that sending Sean (who is on the autism spectrum) to college was automatically not in the cards. The next best step for him given having autism was to find employment.

Hobbies for Autism

“What are interests and hobbies?” I asked my autism client empathetically.

“I like building LEGO figures, making coffee for mom and dad, and identifying different linens,” the autistic child replied. Those on the autism spectrum like creating and building. Perhaps they can use these skills in autism and employments.

After that, I encouraged Sean’s parents to look up nearby toy stores, cafés, and linen shops for possible work for young people with autism. This introductory experience would be ideal for Sean who had autism, as it would allow him to interact with autistic individuals. They eventually informed me that they went with Starbucks since it was only a walking distance from their home. Still, autism should not the only deciding factor for Sean’s occupation.

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“Our son loved the employee/employer interaction there,” his mother informed me. “His employment place was never too crowded. He already knew some of the employees with autism there, too. Best of all, they would train him to become a barista, which he seemed excited about.” Those with autism can be very trainable for employment, most of those on the autism spectrum that is.

The sign of work was a positive/good sign.

People on the autism spectrum were known for not being in tune with their emotions, but they knew how to emphasize their likes and dislikes. That’s why employers are apprehensive to employ autistic individuals. And if they liked employment, you could almost always bet that they would be into it for a long time.


Sean halted his job at his local Starbucks branch during the pandemic last year, which deeply upset him. The autistic child’s parents sought autism help again for their autistic son to make sure that he would not do anything drastic.

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Things got better in 2021 when autistic Sean’s career reopened. He got employed again, and last I heard, his employer was preparing him to do a barista workshop for other young adults with autism.

Autism cannot hinder one’s employment. If you want to learn more about autism and employments possibilities, read more articles at BetterHelp. Or you can talk to a professional who has extensive knowledge of` individuals with autism and employments opportunities.

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