Sharing: Autistic Confessions – I Can’t Follow (Spoken) Directions

This is completely me, too.

Anonymously Autistic

I can’t follow verbal instructions – unless you give me each item one step at a time.

Spoken words are often misheard due to sensory issues so it is easy for me to misunderstand verbal directions.

If you start to give me a list of things to do and I can’t find a notepad I may start to panic.

If we are out in public and you tell me I need to remember to do something later – it probably won’t happen.

My working memory is not great and I have to make checklists and keep a calendar to stay organized.

If I am trying to hold information in my brain (by saying the thing over and over again in my head) and someone interrupts me mid task the information is lost forever – even if it’s something simple like a first and last name.

Typed or written instructions are…

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Sharing: Autistic Confessions I Had a Meltdown at Work

The experience described here is pretty much EXACTLY how I have experienced meltdowns at work. I take no credit for the words written here, but I felt them important to share, and I advise others to pass this information on.

Anonymously Autistic

The woman on the phone was not listening. I had called her for help and quickly realized that she would not be able to help me.

“I told her never-mind. I’ve made a mistake. I’m going to let you go.” She kept asking questions. Every question she asked I said – “I don’t know. I don’t have any more information. I am going to let you go.”

She kept asking. I told her again – “I need to let you go. You cannot help me.” Her overly helpful insistence that I not hang up the phone was about to make me blow up.

Finally, in a harsh tone I told her – “Look – I was trying to be nice but I am hanging up now because there is NOTHING you can do for me.”

I slammed down the phone and ran quickly out of our office in a panic…

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Sharing: Dear employers ~ How to work with employees “with” Asperger’s / #autism ~ Part 5: You hired an Aspie/autist! Now what?

I haven’t reblogged anything for a while, but this piece is very, very valuable and pertinent. For me, the bits about interrruptions, task-switching and needing advance notice of changes to plans are ESPECIALLY important. For those people I work with who read my blog, this explains a lot!

the silent wave

My partner suggested I write a follow-up post that explains what an employee on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum might “look like” once they’re (we’re) on board and working for you.  I decided to take his suggestion to heart; after all, his partner (me) is an Aspie, and so was his best friend.  Both his best friend and I have had challenges with employers that were largely unnecessary, simply because we were undiagnosed and didn’t know how to explain the differences between us and the “rest of the world”.

So here you have it–a “bonus” post 🙂

As with the other posts in this series, I’m speaking directly to anyone who is a non-autistic/neurotypical owner, manager, supervisor, Human Resources professional, career placement services specialist, or anyone who works at a job placement entity of any kind.

So…you hired an Aspie/autistic person!  First of all, awesome!  Maybe you looked specifically for someone who…

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