We all know that a child with autism can be a pain in the ass in school, but can they really help you in the workplace?
According to a new study, it’s not always that simple.
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin surveyed 1,000 employers to determine the success rates of different skills, including social skills, for children with autism.
They found that those who had autistic students were able to complete more tasks, and also that the skills they used were better than those they were expected to have, regardless of the ability of the students.
The researchers also found that autistic students actually scored higher on tasks than those who were not.
They concluded that “social skills development is critical for developing a successful career for children who have autism.”
Here’s the study’s abstract:The purpose of this study was to assess the success of social skills development for children diagnosed with autism in terms of productivity and job performance.
We assessed the average scores for students with autism on various cognitive tasks and their teachers’ perceptions of their skills and abilities.
Using the same measure, we investigated the ability to achieve higher than expected job performance for students who have not had autism.
Results revealed that students with autistic students are able to perform tasks that are equivalent to those of their non-autistic peers.
However, students who had autism were able at higher levels to complete tasks that were expected for their level of social competence.
In addition, students with an autistic diagnosis were able perform tasks similar to those expected for the level of their peers.
These results show that social skills develop during early childhood and are not dependent on an individual’s age or other aspects of autism.