A few quick thoughts:
A lot of people on the autism spectrum thrive on routine and predictability, familiar surroundings and clear expectations.
High school was a familiar environment for your son. He knew the people, teachers, routines, was familiar with the building, etc. Life in a familiar environment is predictable and comforting.
Lots of people with Aspergers syndrome who are happy and successful in a school environment have a great deal of trouble making the transition to working life.
Why? It involves facing the prospect of a new environment (a job) with unfamiliar sights/sounds/smells, new people, new skills to learn, an unfamiliar building, more complex social rules to navigate etc. That can be a huge challenge.
I would suggest helping your son to find a work environment where predictability and routine are part of the job. Also, an environment that allows him to use his intellect and skills, and to hyperfocus on things that interest him.
A few areas where people with Aspergers tend to do well are:
- information technology: quirky behaviour and differences are accepted, process-driven environment allows for familiarity and routine, IT often requires the ability to hyper-focus on a problem until it's solved.
- shipping/receiving: process-driven, predictable, routine-driven. Clear expectations and instructions. Allows for physical movement, does not require sitting still
- warehouse management: same as shipping receiving.
- skilled trades: physical, creative, yet predictable. Physical and tangible work, clear expectations. Instant gratification upon completion of the work. Attention to detail.
Hope this helps.
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