Job Reference: MKRH Expires: 9th February 2018
To be part of, having fun and making a difference to a loving boy living in his autistic world. To provide specialist support and understanding in creating positive friendships and the development of social, independent and life skills.
Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to young people with a diagnosis of ASD.
A commitment to a service which provides support to vulnerable children, and which is respectful and according to the individuals’ wishes.
To facilitate and support the child in decision making, promoting choice, involvement and control.
Ensure the child’s needs are met through planning and reviewing.
Support the child’s participation in social and leisure opportunities within the local community and with local support groups. Family will be in attendance during activities initially.
Interact and participate with the child’s development of self-help skills, supporting to him to reach his potential for independence.
Provide stimulating play/communication opportunities to encourage the child to develop and express himself.
A willingness to travel to support the delivery of the child’s needs.
When required, to take an active role in leading play activities.
To report any problems/difficulties to mum.
To maintain confidentiality and to ensure that professional boundaries are observed when working with the child and his family.
To ensure the safety of the individual at all times.
Encourage self-advocacy whenever possible and help the child in his attempts to communicate his wishes and desires.
If needs be, if the child is unable to articulate for himself, in a sensitive and reassuring way be prepared to speak up for him, promoting his known views and preferences.
Flexible and innovative approach to working.
Significant proven experience of working with children.
Knowledge of the dynamics and impact of supporting a child with autistic traits.
Knowledge and understanding of supporting a child who experiences various forms of sensory sensitivity such as touch and noise.
An understanding of health and safety requirements in providing support with children.
Evidence of the ability to build and develop supportive relationships with children and maintaining professional boundaries.
Understanding of and willingness to undertake training.
Ability to build effective relationships, showing sensitivity for others’ viewpoints and valuing diversity.
Evidence of the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, including the ability to listen actively and match communication to the needs of the child.
Evidence of the ability to be calm and resilient whilst under pressure and to remain positive, optimistic and persistent.
Understanding the importance of seeking guidance and support when required.
Car Owner/Driver- business insurance must be in place, not required initially as family will be in attendance.
Good written and verbal communication skills.
To understand the principles of empowerment and the ability to support the young person to exercise choice and control over all aspects of his life.
Ability to communicate with people at all levels.
Ability to work unsupervised.
Ability to work on own initiative.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Good interpersonal skills.
Good listening skills.
Times required: agreed in advance.
Days required: support will initially be required at weekends.
Please note that whilst the standard working hours are 3 hours over a 4 week period, you will need to attend an additional 3 x 1 hour support session alongside family members. This is a necessity to introduce yourself so that the young person becomes comfortable with a new person in their life.