Senior Autism Practitioner
Senior Autism Practitioner Would you like to make a positive difference to the lives of those affected by an autism spectrum condition? Grampian Autistic Society is recruiting for a Senior Autism Practitioner. who will work across three main identified functions, training and development, assessment and advice and promoting employability. Grampian Autistic Society (GAS) operates in the North East of Scotland providing services for people who have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). We are the only local charity which focuses specifically on people with this diagnosis. GAS is therefore looking to recruit someone who has experience working with autism and an ability to pass on knowledge, understanding and experience to support the development of others. The successful candidate will receive all necessary training and be supported to achieve relevant qualifications to continually develop your awareness and understanding of ASCs. As a result of our specialism, there have been increased requests for support in three key areas: Training You will provide specific ASC training opportunities for parents and professionals e.g. teachers. There is a need for specific training which identifies strategies for working with people with an ASC. Through this training both Grampian Autistic Society Staff and external organisations are bettered informed to provide a service which benefits those who have this condition. Assessment and Advice With the increasing awareness of Autism Spectrum Conditions, there has been an increase in the number of people who have been diagnosed with this condition. A consequence of this increase has been the need for families and carers to seek advice when supporting people with the diagnosis. There are also people who seek advice and assessment with regards to a diagnosis. A diagnosis can only be provided by a medically qualified practitioner; however people will come to GAS to seek advice as to whether they may have the symptoms which may lead to a diagnosis. GAS will provide information which will be useful when they ask for a medical appointment. Employment Service People who have a diagnosis of ASC have difficulty understanding the social conventions required to enter the workplace. When they come to GAS they participate in a course which helps them identify possible areas of employment, skills required for interviews and expectation of them from an employer. In addition, advice can be offered to employers in order to increase the potential of a successful work opportunity.