What are typical challenges and accommodations for students with Asperger's Disorder and high-functioning Autism?

DO-IT Factsheet #247

School activities that may be particularly challenging for students with Asperger's Disorder [1] (also referred to as Asperger Syndrome) and high-functioning Autism include social interactions, noisy or disordered environments, intense sensory stimulation, and changes in expected routines. The unstructured parts of the school day, such as lunch, may present the greatest challenges. Many students with Asperger's Disorder or high-functioning Autism have difficulty using a pencil and paper for writing. Some have difficulty with organization and schedules.

Although each individual is unique and the student and family should be consulted regarding accommodations, the following accommodations may be helpful to students with Asperger's Disorder and high-functioning Autism:

For additional information and resources on working with students with Asperger's Disorder, consult Supporting Students with Asperger's Syndrome in General Education [2], Guide for Working with Students with Asperger's Syndrome [3], Classroom Tips for Students with Asperger’s Disorder [4], and Asperger's Syndrome Guide for Teachers [5].