Personal assistant (PA)
To go together with and support very active teenage autistic child in
- Regular outdoor activities like walking (2-3 hours), bus rides, cycling, swimming, horse-riding, bowling, trampolining, parks and occasional whole family outings.
- Accessing other physical activities for those with disabilities around the UK.
About the employer:
My son is aged 13, on the severe side of autism since aged 2 in that he has delayed language, communication, play and social skills, as well as difficulties with his attention. My son displays stimming (including head-banging, biting his hands, hand flapping, clapping, repeating noises or words).
**If you are easily embarrassed, this is not the job for you.**
- Social Duties***
- Do outdoor physical activities including walking and swimming.
- Help my son learn about danger awareness and safety in the community.
- Attend medical/dental appointments with us.
- Attend any other meetings with agreement.
- Help with managing my disabled son when he is outside the home with parent(s).
*** To start with and because of COVID-19 lockdowns, main social duties presently will be walking around Bristol (2-3 hours), bus rides, cycling at Cycle Centre for disabled children and swimming.
These duties may vary from day to day.
Type of person that I am looking for:
- Previous experience of working with autistic children is necessary as well as being honest, reliable, punctual, in good health yourself, non-judgemental about my son, adaptable, able to work alone and positive.
- Specific requirements:
- It would help me if you have an understanding of autism, arthritis and/or fibromyalgia.
- As my son’s Personal Assistant, you will be directed by and accountable to parent(s) in all parts of your work. If you are not sure of things, please ask what his needs are and listen to my directions, instructions or requests.
What you can expect to receive:
- £9.75 per hour. Pay will be monthly in arrears by bank transfer.
- Holiday entitlement.
- Flexible working hours by agreement.
- Workplace pension if you choose.
- Access to training opportunities by agreement.
Hours of work:
- To start with;
- Monday to Friday: 2 hours per day between 4.30pm – 7.30pm.
- Saturday and Sunday: 3 hours per day.
- Flexible hours to be mutually agreed and may increase during school holidays.
Skills, qualifications and experience:
- You must have previous experience of working with autistic child aged 10-19.
- Good communicator.
- Being able to swim.
- Being able to actively listen to what my son is ‘saying’ and be prepared to use patience and perseverance in communication.
- Be aware that behaviour seen as challenging may be a form of communication or an indication of distress.
- Know how to support autistic people to develop and continue their interests, social life and community involvement.
- Recognise and encourage the importance of passionate interests and hobbies in autistic children.
- Support my son to develop and retain skills for everyday life including practical tasks, decision making and positive risk taking, accounting for his age.
- Be aware of how everyday technology such as apps for learning can be used to enable autistic people to choose and use the full range of social interaction available in a way which works for them.
- Facilitate the implementation of care and support plans led by parent(s) and working with others, including family members and those in mainstream health and social care services.
- Involvement with clubs, organisations helping autistic / disabled people to enjoy an active lifestyle.
- Experience of working with children 10-19 with a variety of disabilities and special needs.
- Health care assistant / medical training.
- Driving licence.
- Manual handling training.
- Autism training.
All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring check.
Please contact employer for application form.
If you have not heard back within 12 weeks of applying, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.