High Functioning Autism (Aspergers)
What is High Functioning Autism (Aspergers)?
Autism is characterised by seeing, feeling, hearing the world differently to nuerotypical people; their brain works in a different way. As Autism is a spectrum, everyone is different, just as no nuerotypical people are alike the same applies with neurodiverse people.
Some may have sensory difficulties, so noise, lights, touch amongst other things may cause pain or discomfort. Others may not like change, such as last minute surprises to a schedule already planned. HFA people may not be able to read body language or facial expression, they may well not always understand the little nuances of conversation, when to reply or what to say. They may have hobbies they like to spend a lot of time on to a high level, to help them “re-charge”. They may fidget by tapping their feet, rocking, tapping their fingers when they are agitated or excited etc. They may not like eye contact and prefer routines.
With supportive counselling, those with High Functioning Autism can learn to cope with some of the social and communication challenges they face. They can do well in education and go on to succeed in life.