Outgoing P/T Personal Assistant for a Young Person – Morningside, Edinburgh
The employer is looking for a buddy to a 12 year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. The applicant will be able to offer a couple of hours per week to help build confidence in socializing and meeting friends as well as developing life skills such as using public transport autonomously.
Hours and rate of pay
Preferably on Thursday evening from 6pm until 8pm although availability on Monday or Tuesday same time will be considered.
Someone who is patient, outgoing with a confident approach, excellent interpersonal skills and proactive in thinking about what to do and plan it. The applicant will have a good sense of humour as the young person is fun loving and likes a laugh. The support will involve 1:1 activities or support with communicating and meeting up with friends, for example planning what to text them in order to arrange an activity together. Understanding of autism would be useful although not essential. The applicant will need to have the confidence and sensitivity to know when to be directive and when to stand back while still providing a supportive presence, especially when the young person meets up with his friend.