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 Post subject: Good communications skills - in job specs
Post Number:#1  PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:55 pm 

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There is a discussion on the IET Forums about Asperger syndrome. One user commented And our "Engineering and Technician Competences" do seem to require effective communication skills. Conclusion: EC(UK) and Engineering Institutions are really supporting the business view by saying that to be a "professional engineer or technician" you need good communication skills. Hence, this means that someone with Aspergers may not meet the competence requirements - for whatever reason. So I replied with:

How exactly are effective / good communications skills defined in this context?

It is a very common mistake to assume that people with Asperger syndrome have poor communication skills or communication skills that are generally worse than those of neurotypical people. People with Asperger syndrome generally have difficulty in reading body language and picking up subtle social cues, and don't do guile or diplomacy very well, but really it stops there.

Most adults with Asperger syndrome have little difficulty in conveying information clearly in straightforward to the point English. They are generally better than average when it comes to spelling and grammar and factual writing. There are often a few differences and preferences in communication methods between people with Asperger syndrome and neurotypical people. Examples include a preference for email rather than the telephone, or preferring to spend a bit of time comprehending information rather than acting impulsively or in a presumptuous manner.

This might come across as ironic but it's often the neurotypical people who have worse communication skills than the people with Asperger syndrome. They commonly deploy subtle non-verbal communication that isn't always picked up on (even by neurotypical people) or use sloppy English better suited to casual rather than business communication.

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