People with Asperger profiles present with a complex and at times perplexing combination of strengths and challenges.
Asperger brains process some kinds of information better than the brains of neurotypical people.
- Dr. Hans Asperger (1906-1980) said: “It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential.”
- Dr. Temple Grandin says, “Without people with autism, humans would still be living in caves.”
An Asperger profile can affect people for their whole lives, but many can use their strengths to compensate for or work around some of their challenges—and even to thrive and make outstanding contributions to society. At AANE, we have seen countless people with Asperger and autism diagnoses who, given the proper supports, have used their unique traits to their advantage to accomplish feats beyond what the “typical” mind could muster.
Below is a chart of strengths a person with an Asperger profile might have, followed by bullet points describing each area. Keep in mind, however, that people with Asperger profiles are not all alike, and that they are likely to differ from one another even more in respect to their areas of strength than in their areas of challenge.