How to Be Successful if You're Autistic

A diagnosis of autism, whether by self or a clinical evaluation, is not an impediment to success. In fact, many very successful, dedicated people have been diagnosed with autism! The initial author of this article is a teacher who worked with many people with this situation. This article explains a few tips for creating a wonderful life.

Steps

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    Consider what you are interested in. Do you have any skills that are out of the ordinary? Put those to use! Many autistic people are highly creative, have almost limitless ability to stay focused on one thing for a long time, and have thereby earned great success in their field. This ability to focus is very helpful to the study of art, music, math and science and even show business!
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    Accept that your social skills sometimes might need adjustment, if not real work. Get feedback from friends and family about how you come across to others. This is hard, but is part of the learning curve, and will help when you get out into the real working world, where people can be very competitive.
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    Make eye contact when appropriate. Stay calm but be as engaged as possible around others, so as to not appear either distant or too intense. Work on remembering people's names and something notable about them.
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    Try to make one new real-time friend a month, optimally. Real friendship takes time to grow. Some friends will last a lifetime and share many experiences with you, others might just relate to you based on a single common interest.
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    While with your friends, try to bring them out by asking them what they're interested in. Engage them in conversation about their activities. Notice their emotional expressions and be sensitive to their needs for space or closeness.
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    Join an interest group related to something you love to do so that you can become comfortable with yourself around people. If you need to explain about autism, don't be shy. People can be very accepting if they know that others are struggling with something.
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    Have a plan for your life. Break it down into small, achievable steps. What are your education options? What are your deepest interests and talents? Everyone has something they love and something that they are good at. Is there anything you would be happy doing the rest of your life? Is there anyone out there who is doing something similar? How did they get to where they are now? No one became successful all by themselves - they needed people to believe in them but first they needed to believe in themselves. So do you.
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    Be patient with yourself. Change takes time and success takes a lifetime! Keep your optimism up, work on becoming the best you can be in your chosen area, and stay organized but flexible. Routines are not ends in themselves, but aids to a goal of a successful life!

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Categories: Autism Spectrum