Aspergers & Job Seeking

Aspergers and Job-SeekingHow will your Asperger student find a job? What are the steps to finding, applying for, and following up on a job opportunity?

  • Organize the information – I know many Aspergers students who can’t fill out a job application because they haven’t organized their personal information.  Try my free printable for organizing application info. For safety, I recommend your student memorize his social security number, rather than write it on an application. He can always provide it upon hire. Collect info along the way – What places will they look at? Keep track of potential opportunities. Try my free printable for keeping track of places to try, or places you’ve tried. Note your action steps.
  • Set a goal to make a contact to find 1 new place each day (or 3 in a week, whatever your goal is) by going to the store or business, getting a paper application (or applying on line). Keep notes on your paper above. Keep your papers together in one place.
  • Handwriting is difficult? Type the information, or have an friend or family member write it.
  • Network – Our Aspergers students can be very savvy at social media. If that’s the case, your student should be networking on social media sites about any job opportunities. Soliciting ideas from friends can be a valuable resource.

Asperger students may need additional help. After all, many will lose services of an IEP after high school graduation. Here are some resources to investigate:

California Department of Rehabilitation , or check Department of Rehab services in your state.

Regional Center (California) for students diagnosed with Autism before the age of 18. Or check to see what services are available in your state.

Work2Future (San Jose area)



OR and ER Words with Tricky Spelling

How to Pronounce OR ER wordsStop relying on spelling to help you pronounce English words.  You must listen to native speakers.

Spelling rules were laid on top of spoken English so that we could tell the difference between to, two and too.  But they can be rather arbitrary and you must tune up your ears!  LISTEN to native speakers and imitate what you hear.

These words are all pronounced like ER (as in her or were) even though they are spelled with or:

  • worm
  • word
  • work
  • worry
  • worth
  • worthy
  • worship
  • world
  • doctor
  • actor
  • vendor

Hear the ER words here.

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These words are all pronounced like OR (as in for or more) even though they are spelled with ar:

  • war
  • warm
  • warn
  • ward
  • wart
  • wharf
  • warp
  • Warren

Hear the OR words here.

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How to Pronounce “aisle”

how to pronounce aisleIn a supermarket, how do you ask which AISLE some product is on?

For pronouncing aisle, keep the A and S silent, pronounce the Long I, stretch it out and add a vowelized L.

[i  ul]

It could sound like this, but we usually add a linking Y sound in between (whenever we link, or connect, 2 vowels, we add Y or W)

[i yul]

try these other words that follow the same rule:

pile [pi yul]

file [fi yul]

trial [tri yul]

mile [mi yul]

smile [smi yul]

Tip: There are 2 homonyms for aisle.  These are pronounced the same, but have different spellings and different meanings –

isle  (Example: the Emerald Isle.  It’s another word for island)

I’ll (Example: I’ll call you later.  It’s a contraction of I will)



Pronouncing “on”

How to Pronounce ONIt’s a common word in English.  It’s one of the most common prepositional words. You find it often in idiomatic expressions –  on time, on track, on your feet. Many folks know the British saying “Keep Calm and Carry On.” On is also in name brands like OnStar.

The most common mistake speakers make is to fully pronounce the O like a Long O.  Then it sounds like own.

I recommend pronouncing on with the most  open vowel “ah” like in hot.  See my lesson on mouth openings for English vowels here. You can even pronounce it with the “aw” vowel like in lawn.

But don’t pronounce it with a Long O because it will sound like own.

Bag or Back? – Vowel Duration

bag vs. back Vowel Duration in EnglishFor pronouncing English it may help to know that we make vowels longer when followed by a voiced consonant.

Take the word bag – the vowel is held out longer, that is, it has a longer duration than in the word back.

This is not to be confused with Long a or Short a   – this is the name of the sound – but no matter what we call it, we hold it longer (a longer duration) when followed by a voiced consonant.

We see this in words like:

bag – back

tag – tack

peg – peck

Hold out the vowel longer in the first words (the ones with the voiced consonant G)

Make your spoken English more understandable with this easy tip.