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Can a teacher have AS (Aspergers)?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by harpal10, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Hi

    I was wondering whether a teacher can be "allowed" to teach and practice this profession if they have AS?

  2. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Why not?
  3. I've met several who are on the spectrum.

    Doesn't seem to hinder them in their jobs whatsoever.
  4. There would be a bigger shortage of ICT and Physics teachers if they were not "allowed" :)

    If they have the qualifications, achieve QTS and meet the Professional Standards consistently, then why not?
  5. How did you know they were on the spectrum - did they tell you they'd been diagnosed?
    As I understand it, AS manifests itself in a wide variety of ways and I don't see why you couldn't teach with it as long as it wasn't debilitating.
  6. Yes. Any other questions?
  7. Is it snowing yet where you are?
  8. No... but it's very windy and cold.
  9. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    I work with a teacher who is apparently on the Aspergers spectrum. I don't think they are particularly effective in the classroom and they certainly are not 'easy' to work with: but they are teaching!
  10. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    I'd say my whole department are on the spectrum somewhere.
  11. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I reckon a significant proportion of ICT Technicians would disappear overnight too ;-)

    I think if the milder forms of AS can be channelled into attention to detail there's no harm done. I believe there's a software company that will only employ people diagnosed with AS because it actually helps boost the quality of their product.
  12. cariad2

    cariad2 New commenter

    I'm sure that one of our teachers is slightly on the spectrum. She's a lovely person, but doesn't pick up on social cues (eg it's hard to have a conversation with her, as she never pauses for breath so the "conversation" becomes rather one sided). But she's brilliant with stuff like analysing data that has the rest of us befuddled.
    And she's a good teacher.
  13. Nanny Ogg

    Nanny Ogg New commenter

    I thought we are all on the spectrum somewhere. I do know someone who has been in teaching for years and can't cope with change. They have found it difficult to adapt and have very poor relationships with the kids.
    Planning is amazing, knowledge is second to none, use of resources - something to behold. But my god they have a very difficult life due to inability to change tack as required. They cannot think on their feet. I do think they are actually undiagnosed due to a bygone age.
    I can't imagine a more difficult job to do with autism. (Forgive me if I am wrong about the challenges.) Thinking on your feet and changing direction at the drop of the hat is needed in this job. That is why I am knackered coming up to a half/end of term.
  14. Bethannie

    Bethannie New commenter

    I have ASD - and I taught for many years.
    My degree is Maths and SEN,and I am Secondary trained. I also worked in Primary - as Cover, in FE and for Training Providers.
    Primary was definitely the most challenging. I need a very structured work environment - and when I covered years 5 and 6 I could just about cope...I don;t think i would have survived teaching year 2 full time - the odd lesson was chaotic enough!
  15. My dad's cousin has Aspergers and is a successful primary teacher specialising in SEN and particularly dyslexia. However, my brother, who teaches in mainstream secondary, told me he doesn't think I would get a job teaching in mainstream as I wouldn't be able to "hack it" (I have AS). I don't know whether he was just saying that to be an *** though (we don't have a brilliant relationship).
  16. If sociopaths are allowed in I don't see why autistic spectrum teachers should be barred :)
  17. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    I am an Aspie and am doing very well teaching at a Secondary school
  18. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    That's true for a lot of people, and not necessarily related to AS.
  19. bedingfield

    bedingfield New commenter

    Ditto. And we all admit it!
    Mind you I am working in an SEN school.
  20. jazz2

    jazz2 New commenter

    NAS schools like teachers who are on the spectrum.

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