How to work with someone with autism

By Brent Betit and Dorie Clark

Published: Feb 11, 2015 6:00 a.m. ET

Actor, comedian and businessman Dan Aykroyd, has been diagnosed with Asperger’s.

The new guy in the office is loud and aggressive, can’t read social cues, won’t wait his turn in meetings, and talks obsessively about the same things every day. And yet, sometimes, he shares extraordinary insights.

So how can you form a good working relationship with someone who’s such a puzzling combination of unfiltered energy and brilliance?

Chances are your colleague may be on the autism spectrum. One in 68 people in the U.S. has ASD, or autism spectrum disorder. Workers who have autism exhibit to varying degrees social and communication deficits, fixed interests, and repetitive behavior. We don’t know what causes it but there are ways to build better relationships with colleagues on the spectrum.  See more at:


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