Working with people with autism

Welcome to the Incluzy working with people with autism guide. This is another post of our quick guides for disability employment jobs. In this blog, we are particularly focusing on autism.

Despite the disability, people with autism can provide a unique input to the workforce. When working with people with Autism, employers can use various strategies and techniques to ensure a positive outcome. It is important to make sure individuals with autism feel safe and comfortable in the working environment. Additionally, one should keep into consideration that there are various degrees of autism and not all techniques work for all autistics. This article discusses some of the many ways to effectively work with your employee with autism.

Visual Aids

By having visual aids, it enables people with autism to understand the task and situation more effectively. Also, visual aids can be used in most scenarios. Researchers have found that most people with autism are visual learners. Therefore, individuals working with people with autism have found that visual aids are benefit communication, language development, and processing information. It is found that people with autism emotionally benefit from visual aids, such as increasing confidence, self-esteem, and independence.

image depicting a person demonstrating the usage of visual aids.

Above is an image depicting a person demonstrating the usage of visual aids.

Social Stories

In 1991, Carol Gray created social stories. These social stories were to be utilised by individuals to help people with autism strengthen their social skills. Each social story depicts a scenario where it relays information on these situational expectations and the reasoning behind each. In order to create a social story, it takes three steps: visualise a goal, collect information, and create the content. When creating social stories, it is important to take into consideration all the actions and emotions that could occur. Social stories are beneficial for people with different severity of autism.

The image placed above is an example of a social story.

The image placed above is an example of a social story.

Comic Strip Conversations

Carol Gray also created comic strip conversations as another way to work with people with autism. These social stories display internal and external insight on how a person may react in various situations, such as describing people’s conversations, emotions, and intentions. The social stories are not always the most elaborate pictures. They could be as simple as symbols or stick figure drawings. Overall, these images positively impact people with autism by providing a realistic approach for handling situations.

Comic Conversation

This is an example of a comic conversation for people with autism.

People with autism have qualities that are beneficial to the workforce. All these suggested methods of working with people with autism require each person to feel that they are in a safe environment. It is important to work with individuals with autism in a patient and caring manner otherwise one may loose an opportunity. Overall, people with autism can be an asset as long as an individual takes the time to extend support and encouragement.

Thank you for reading this blog. If you have any questions, please contact Incluzy. We encourage you to check out our disabilities job support. Also, check out our previous article “Jobs Working with Autism.”