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Teaching with Asperger's Syndrome

Discussion in 'Music' started by miaroo, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Hi
    I'm trying to get onto teaching courses particularly which are school based, every time I get through to the final interviews but never get accepted.
    I know it's not my qualifications because, if anything, I'm over qualified and I'm worried that it's because I have Asperger's and come across very different that I'm not getting offers.
    I really want to get into work starting this summer but have been getting nowhere.
    Anyone in a similar position or have any tips I can use?
  2. Hi, I expect the deafening silenceis because very few people have any experience of what it's like to have Asperger's and I, for one, only know a couple of adults who have this syndrome and neither of them are teachers - however one of them does work in a school in the IT department, and is very successful.
    You have not said what phase of eductation you would be aiming for or what your specialism might be - music, I'm assuming, since you are posting here.
    If you really are that well qualified I suspect that, in interview, you must be giving the interviewers cause to think that you are not equiped to handle the classroom and the emotional, physical and mental preassur that every teacher works under. I've seen this preassure reduce to quivering wrecks, members of staff that I thought were the most capable and sorted of people - so it is not for anyone to judge who will be a survivor and who will not cope - it's very difficult to tell.
    Have you asked for honest and helpful feedback from these interviews - what do THEY say is the reason you are being rejected? It is important that you find out.
  3. jonowen

    jonowen Occasional commenter

    Hi Miaroo and welcome! There was a very good article in last week's TESS magazine "My Life on Mars" . This is about Joshua Muggleton, now aged 22, who was diagnosed with Asperger's when he was 15. He will graduate from St.Andrew's uni this summer and has written a book about his life so far. It's entitled "Raising Martians - From Crash Landing to Leaving Home". That may be a starting point for you. Did you have an understanding teacher at school who could maybe advise you on a more personal level as AS is such an individual condition (as you know!)
    Hope that's been some help - good luck.
    Joni x
  4. If you can afford it, i'd seriously advise you to go and do something else for a few years, preferably something that forces you to work on your people skills. A lot (I think) that teachers do is performance and it can be done, even by an Aspie. But it has to be learned. The classroom is a very good platform for a workplace as there are expected boundaries and rules dictating social interaction.

    I'm too old to have been diagnosed at school and I'm glad - would I be in this job if I had been? AQ: 40

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