Business for Aspies
240 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:15 Jan 2011

Business for Aspies

42 Best Practices for Using Asperger Syndrome Traits at Work Successfully

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Most workplaces are a frenzied swirl of social interaction - between employees and bosses, customers and clients, and anyone else present. People with a mental framework better suited to non-social tasks can often be overlooked and underutilised in such an environment, but this book explains exactly how those with Asperger Syndrome can get their talents recognised and become successful and indispensable employees.

Following the DSM system and an easy to use format, Ashley Stanford addresses all of the issues that can arise once a person with AS secures employment, through the eyes of both employee and employer. Describing what might be expected of any employee, she offers helpful tips and workarounds not only to enable AS individuals achieve their fullest potential, but to take advantage of their strengths. In a positive and upbeat tone, she shows that with the right supports and strategies, it is possible to overcome the day-to-day challenges that trip up even the most savvy Aspie, including negotiating pay rises, employer/employee relationships, team meetings, career advancement, and choosing when to take vacation time. Drawing on her experience as CEO of a computer software company, she also suggests steps that employers and managers can take to improve the working environment for people with AS, and take advantage of their strengths to enable them to become outstanding employees.

Business for Aspies will help people with AS take steps towards achieving happy, fulfilled and above all successful working lives. It will be of key interest to the employers, managers, partners, and families of people with AS.

Ashley Stanford has worked as a technical writer for 16 years and is the CEO of a successful computer software company. She lives in Berkeley, California.


About the Author



1. Baseline Starting Point for Building Your Career. Many Undiscovered Talents. Underestimating Aspies. The Diagnostic Criteria and How it Relates to Your Job. The Flip Side of the Coin.

2. Before We Begin - Executive Function. Organization Matters - Your Desk, Your Brain. When the Solution is Avoiding the Problem. Now You See It; Now You Don't. Organization of Events. Organization of Tasks.

3. DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Asperger Syndrome.


Best Practice 1: The Easier Friendship: Co-workers. Maslow's Pyramid of Need for Aspies at Work

Best Practice 2: Engaged and Safe

Best Practice 3: When Less is More

Best Practice 4: Relaxing Your Eyes - Face Muting

Best Practice 5: Training Your Eyes - Mapping the Blank Face

Best Practice 6: The No Face-Time Flexibility Rule

Best Practice 7: Building the Skills, Building the Career You Want

Best Practice 8: Quiet Posture

Best Practice 9: Mimic Other Successful Professionals

Best Practice 10: Professional Restrictions to the Rescue

Best Practice 11: The Back-Stabber, the Drama Queen, and the Glory Hog

Best Practice 12. Your Relationship With Your Boss

Best Practice 13: "Get a Life"

Best Practice 14: Make Your Enjoyment Obvious

Best Practice 15: Test Check for Happiness on the Job

Best Practice 16: How You Help Your Team Focus

Best Practice 17: The One Who Retains His Job When the Rest are Fired

Best Practice 18: Your Free Time is Your Own

Best Practice 19: Securing Your Job and Scoring a Raise

Best Practice 20. Behaving Like a Boss, i.e. Someone Well-Paid

Best Practice 21. ASK for Help - The 42 Ways Notebook

Best Practice 22. Brainspace

Best Practice 23: Motivation Matters

Best Practice 24: The Halo Effect - Avoid It

Best Practice 25: Avoiding the Biggest Pitfall - Abdicating Free Will

Best Practice 26: Career Trajectory

Best Practice 27: Stability

Best Practice 28: Loyalty

Best Practice 29: Trust

Best Practice 30: Keeping the Machine Running

Best Practice 31: EveryBODY Needs Something Different - Build Support

Best Practice 32: Building Support

Best Practice 33: Channelling Sensory Needs into Career Needs

Best Practice 34: The Manager and the Builder

Best Practice 35: Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings

Best Practice 36: Well-Rounded is Not the Goal - Let Your Freak Flag Fly

Best Practice 37: The Thoughtful Pause

Best Practice 38: Shift Expectations Internally and at Work

Best Practice 39: Know Your Strengths

Best Practice 40: Creating a Trustworthy Persona at Work

Best Practice 41: When "Othering" Occurs at Work

Best Practice 42: Asserting Your Opinion Confidently Without Being Labeled Narcissistic


4. The Safety Point.

5. Survival Toolkit

6. An Aspie's Bill of Rights


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