To date, there is no definite statistic indicating how many people are currently diagnosed with Asperger’s. Some experts estimate that 1 out of every 250 people has some form of Asperger syndrome (AS). In the late 1990’s, however, professionals associated with the National Institute of Child Health and Mental Development predicted that the statistic was 1 in 500 people.

Although Asperger’s is perhaps more commonly diagnosed than ever before and has been studied for years, there are still mysteries surrounding the disorder. What is known, however, are some of the symptoms those diagnosed may possess, from social isolation to delayed motor development.

In many cases, Asperger’s is something that may need to be treated via therapy or immersive job training for autistic adults to aid with the disadvantages that come along with the condition, depending on the individual’s severity. But fortunately, there are also possible strengths those with Asperger’s often have that are lesser talked about, including the following:

1. Higher than average intelligence

Several studies conducted in recent years have concluded that individuals with AS are more likely to have the stronger mental ability when compared to those without the diagnosis.

According to an article published in 2016, those on the autism spectrum, including those with Asperger’s, are more likely to have a larger brain size, heightened visual-spatial abilities, quicker brain growth, and the like. Not only are the latter characteristics correlated with autism, but they are also correlated with higher intellectual capacity.

2. Superb memory

Those with an AS diagnosis are also said to have enhanced memory. In many cases, those on the autism spectrum are able to successfully absorb, retain, and recall a large quantity of information, often regarding a certain topic or area of knowledge.

For example, some individuals with Asperger’s may be able to study the dates of important events in history with incredible ease while others may be able to recite every word of their all-time favorite movie without the need for significant studying.

Rote memory and visual memory are two types of memory that those with AS are especially exemplary in.

3. Powerful focus

Increased concentration is another benefit of many folks who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s which helps compensate for the deficits associated with the disorder. With a greater ability to focus on tasks and special areas of interest, often referred to as “hyperfocus,” it is believed this is partially why those with the AS have greater intelligence and memory.

Although those on the autism spectrum may have difficulty concentrating during conversations and tend to gravitate towards focusing on a few, specific disciplines, their ability to concentrate approximately 10 times stronger than the average person comes in handy in many areas of life.


While people regard Asperger’s as a debilitating disorder that may necessitate professional treatment, it’s clear that those with the condition also hold advantages. From higher than average intelligence, to great memory, to impeccable concentration, individuals diagnosed with Asperger’s have positive traits that set them apart from others, making them great employees.