Location: Kings Cross, N1
Nearest Train / Tube Station: Kings Cross
Wage / Salary: £16.00 gross per hour
Driver required? Essential (When Family travel to East Sussex)
Use of a car? On duty
Essential: A minimum of one year’s autism experience with teenagers
Desired: A background or keen interest in Psychology
Start Date: ASAP
Days & Hours: Monday 4.00pm to 7.00pm and Tuesday to Friday 1.00pm to 7.00pm (There can be some flexibility with hours)
Thomas aged 19 is a loving and affectionate young man with a brilliant sense of humour. He has an older brother called Edward who is currently at University. Thomas is autistic and has been part of a successfully run home education (ABA) programme for the last 13 years. He attends a mainstream school for one session a week to cook. Thomas can get anxious and frustrated, but the family have developed excellent strategies to help him with this.
The Support Worker will be actively taught how to apply ABA and be involved in ABA sessions as well as shadow existing members of Thomas’s team to help them gain a further understanding of the strategies used. Friday afternoon there is a meeting for all the therapists plus supervisor.
Thomas enjoys different activities in the late afternoon and early evening including, swimming, cycling, boat club, shopping, cookery club, trampolining and going to the gym. Thomas has a bath in the evening and is capable of doing this independently with the help of visual reminders in and around his bathroom/bedroom.
The family also have a house in East Sussex where they usually spend a week at Easter and up to 6 weeks in the summer. The PA / Buddy will accompany the family 1 week at Easster and for 3 weeks in the summer holidays; your own separate accommodation will be provided.
This job will suit someone who is confident, kind, active, a good team player and happy to muck in with the wider family needs at times. The family are preferably looking for long-term commitment, minimum of one year. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who will bring their own skills to the job and appreciate an amazing learning opportunity. Previous support workers in this job have gone onto further their Psychology career and one has even become an ABA supervisor overseeing several ABA programmes.
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