How to work with my highly functional autistic co-worker
February 8, 2007 7:34 AM Subscribe
I have a co-worker with Asperger's Syndrome and I'd like to learn more to better our working relationship.
I have a co-worker who, quite honestly, annoyed me for the first few months that we worked together. When I found out she had Asperger's, it explained a lot of the 'annoy' factor; however, knowing it's Asperger's doesn't mitigate it entirely. I'd like to educate myself on highly functional autism to help me be ... well, a better person and co-worker. But when I look this up on the web, there is VERY little to read about. Most education materials are related to children.
This co-worker has inadvertently alienated and frustrated others (because they write her off as weird or annoying) and I'd like to 'lead by example' in how to work with and relate to her. She is extremely smart and has great ideas but has gaps in her social skills. (I should mention that I am not trying to cure her - but rather how to work with her.)
She has periods during the day when she's really wound up. Of course, the group of people we sit around like to throw things and that scares her. Again, I'm looking for how I can educate myself - and others - on things we can do to all peacefully - and respectfully - exist.