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Personal Assistant

Location: Shipston on Stour, Midlands Rate of Pay: £11.50

Hours per Week: 2 hours per week or 8 over the 4 week period

Job Reference: GSKT Expires: 27th November 2017

About the Employer

To provide assistance and stimulation to a 6 year old boy who has autism, living at home with his family in Shipston on Stour. Your main role will be to provide support to attend social activities such as going to the cinema, soft play and swimming, however, encouragement and support is needed to complete these activities especially swimming. Support with other activities such as going to theme parks and potentially taking up an additional hobby such as martial arts maybe also required. Ideally you will have experience of working with children with ASD or be willing to attend training and learn new behavioral strategies. There can be times where I can be verbally aggressive and can lash out so you will need to be a calming influence and find ways to help 


Summary of Duties

Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to young people with Autism.

A commitment to a service which provides support to which is respectful and according to the individuals’ wishes.

To facilitate and support the individual in decision making, promoting choice, involvement and control.

Ensure the individual’s needs are met through planning and reviewing.

Support the individuals’ participation in social, leisure, educational opportunities with the local community.

Interact and participate with the individual’s development of self-help skills, supporting to him to reach his potential for independence.

Provide stimulating play opportunities to encourage the individual to develop and express themselves through play.

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/Dad.

To maintain confidentiality and to ensure that professional boundaries are observed when working with the individual and his family using the Personal Assistant’s Code of Conduct as a guideline.

To ensure the safety of the individual at all times.

Assist where necessary with intimate and personal care.

 

Person specification

 

Flexible and innovative approach to working

Significant proven experience of working with children with Autism or will to attend appropriate training.

Have the ability to build and develop supportive relationships with children and maintaining professional boundaries.

Ability to build effective relationships, showing sensitivity for others’ viewpoints and valuing diversity.

Have the ability to be calm and resilient whilst under pressure and to remain optimistic and persistent.

Understanding the importance of seeking guidance and support when required.

Car Owner/Driver

 


The Person They Are Looking For

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.

Driver/own transport

 


The Times Required

Mainly Weekends


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