Title: SEN Support Worker
Location: Ashford, TN23
Nearest Tube/Station: Ashford
Wage: £16.00 gross per hour
Driver Essential? Yes
Essential: Autism, confident with adolescents and able to handle challenging behaviour
Start Date: ASAP
Days & Hours: Monday 3.00pm to 8.00pm, Tuesday to Friday 3.00pm to 7.00pm (Term Time only)
Family/Client Pets: None
About this client/child:
Aiden (14) and Tom (10) are complete opposites with very different personalities and interests. Aiden loves football, swimming, basketball and playing on his tablet. Whereas Tom enjoys cycling, is very inquisitive and loves anything technical. He is currently learning how to play the violin. Both Aiden and Tom have an autism diagnosis, but Aiden presents with more complex needs, including his behaviour. When Aiden displays anxious behaviour, his younger and more placid brother, can become scared. A key focus will be addressing and working on Aiden’s behaviour as this has a huge knock-on effect on family life.
Overview of role:
We are looking for a positive role model who is able to support both Aiden and Tom with their after school routines, help them access activities and play a big part in supporting their life skills, personal hygiene, and promoting their overall independence. Aiden is dropped off by a taxi from school, but you will be responsible for picking Tom up. The activities arranged will be largely dependent on Aiden’s mood as he can come home from school very tired and agitated. You will also be involved in preparing meals, homework, getting the boys to bed and some light housework. During lockdown Aiden has felt quite lonely and has become more withdrawn, so we are looking for someone who can assess situations effectively and make the appropriate adjustments.
Aiden is going through a difficult period which was largely triggered by bullying he experienced when he transitioned to secondary school. He is very self-aware and dwells on what has happened which causes high anxiety and often aggressive behaviour. A large part of your role will be helping Aiden with his emotions and putting in place strategies for when these feelings arise, as well as reassuring Tom and making sure he gets enough attention too. There is the possibility of additional hours in the school holidays and babysitting if mutually agreed.
Who this job would suit:
The ideal Support Worker will be sporty, upbeat, caring and have a nurturing attitude. You should be well presented and able to explain situations to Aiden and Tom in a simplified manner whilst providing them with consistency and supporting mum with ‘parenting’ back up when required. You will need to have your own car which you can use when on duty (mileage paid when using for work purposes).
What’s great about this job:
This will be a challenging but very rewarding role where you can have the opportunity to make a huge impact on both Aiden and Tom’s further development and independence whilst making a positive difference on family life on a whole.
Client/Family met by Snap?
Yes, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have met this client/family online.
Rachael is recruiting for this role
or 020 7729 2200
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