Senior Autism Consultant, Connect4
The Connect4 Senior Autism Consultant will deliver participant support and will be involved in Connect4 programme delivery. The Connect4 Senior Autism Consultant will oversee the linking of Connect4 into school life, so that Connect4 supports pupils to experience success in the school context. Specifically, the Connect4 Senior Autism Consultant will be responsible for:
- Participant activity and progress, ensuring Connect4 complements and adds to school life
- Coordinating times of sessions in schools
- Delivery on all aspects of Connect4 including: ICONNECT
- and group sessions, which support participants to develop strategies to connect with others
- Connect4 curriculum development, responsive to participants’ evolving needs
- Interest Groups- lunchtime or after-school groups and activities
- Inter-school monthly group workshops
- Summer programme, supporting participants to connect with others on trips and interest groups
- Teaching /support staff Connect4 sessions
- Peer workshops
- Future Connect – employer mentor activities
- Utilising Autism experience and expertise to contribute to ongoing project design.
- Contribute to international research forums and professional networks, research what is being done to support Autistic people across the world. Report on these to team and to participant panel.
- Support people in the lead.
- Leading panel meetings
- Collating participant feedback.
- Maintaining social impact records.
The Connect4 Autism Consultant will ensure all project activities reflect Empowering Young People core outcomes so that:
- Young people will have more skills they need for the future, including more opportunities to connect with autistic young people at their and other schools.
- Young people will have better relationships with their support networks and communities, these support networks and communities include other autistic young people, non-autistic peers, staff at school.
- Young people will have improved health and well-being.
- Study in a relevant subject area at undergraduate or post graduate level (this includes currently studying or completed). Examples of relevant study include Atypical Development, Psychology, Education, Community, Autism Spectrum related, Sensory Integration. Other subject areas will also be considered in terms of relevance.
- Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of autism.
- Open to learn and to research new tools and techniques that may support Connect4 programme participants to secure Connect4 goals.
- Aptitude for empowering autistic young people by facilitating autistic people leading.
- Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of autism.
- Experience in supporting children, young people, or adults on the autistic spectrum to achieve the changes they want.
- Experience in and aptitude for empowering autistic young people by facilitating autistic people leading.
- Experience in supporting people in small groups.
- Experience in documentation of work to a high standard.
- An aptitude for or willingness to learn programming elements of Lego Mindstorms (applies to one of the roles available).
- Experience of working in a school environment.
- A driving licence or ability to travel to participating schools when required (and within working hours).
Experience: 1-2 yrs