Seeking Student in Psychology/Special Ed for One-Year Part-Time Therapist Position for 12-y-o with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
We are seeking a psychology or special education graduate or undergraduate student (or a student from another major with a strong interest in this area) to fill a part-time, one-year position as an in-home therapist in Applied Behavior Analysis (A.B.A.) for a 12-year-old boy with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (A.S.D.). The family lives in Dallas/University Park and the start date is on or about July 15, 2013.
The position involves the coordination and implementation of A.B.A. therapy within the family's home. It is ideal for someone interested in a career with special needs children. No experience with A.S.D. or special needs is necessary - just openness, a positive attitude, organizational acumen, lots of energy, and willingness to learn! There will be a 2-week training period with the current therapist, and ongoing training with the parents and other therapists.
About the Child.
Tug is a friendly, loving, and curious child who also happens to have an A.S.D. He is able to communicate with some speech and with an Alternative and Augmentative Communication (A.A.C.) application on his iPad. He attends a private A.B.A. therapy center in the mornings and a public middle school in the afternoons.
About the Job.
The job requires a variety of skills. Your primary duties will be developing and increasing Tug's leisure and self-help skills. This will be accomplished through A.B.A. discrete trial training, task analysis, and prompts in the home. Additionally, you will help build Tug's ability to engage and connect with other people. This will be accomplished through naturalistic play and everyday activities (where the focus is on people rather than on objects). The job's hours are after school from 4-7 p.m. There is the option for occasional Sunday afternoon hours, as well. Summer schedule is negotiable (i.e., 1-4 p.m. or 4-7 p.m.).
- Love for children, open, positive and optimistic approach to life
- Energy and enthusiasm
- One-year commitment with a start date on or about July 15, 2013
- 12-18 hours/week (4 or 7 p.m. on schooldays and the option for occasional Sunday afternoons; summer schedule is negotiable)
- Self-starter, willing to take initiative
- Willingness to learn about autism spectrum disorders and therapies
- Neatness, organization and attention to detail
- $20 - $25/hour depending on experience
The chance to participate in the care and development of a special child
Training in A.B.A. therapy
Occasional exposure to medical specialists including nutritionists, neurologists, and developmental pediatricians
To apply, please send an email to Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
(1) A brief explanation of why you are interested in the job, what you would bring to it, and confirmation that you could begin on or about July 15, 2013,
(2) Your resume.
Applications will be received until the position is filled. Feel free to forward to others who may be interested.