Special Interests

Adults with high functioning autism spend approximately 26 hours per week on special interests

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Research at Freie Universität Berlin suggests that adults with high functioning autism on average spend 26 hours per week on their special interests. Special interests are intense “hobbies” that may indicate autism-specific cognitive talents.

19. May 2015

It is estimated that 75 – 90% of adults with Asperger syndrome have one or more special interests – the number of special interests often increasing with age. Some autistic adults point out that engaging in their topic of choice helps to alleviate stress and to relax. The 2014 published research at Freie Universität Berlin suggests that adults with high functioning autism spend approximately 26 hours per week on their special interests.

Matching these in-depth interests with individual career trajectories produces a winning combination for employers. Special interests bear an immense potential for the labour market as well as autistic jobseekers, according to the researchers.
Autism-specific interests tend to build on systematic, logical structures, although some individuals with autism also choose to engage in creative, unsystematic subjects.

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