Speech & Language & Assistive Technology Assistant
Here at Seashell we provide care and education for children and young people (up to 25 years old) with complex communication needs and learning disabilities within a school, college and residential setting.
An opportunity has arisen to join the Speech and Language Therapy Team and the Assistive Technology Team in a full time, term time only position on a fixed term contract for 9 months.This may be increased to 12 months, but it will be offered as a 9 month fixed term contract.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a well-established multi-disciplinary team. This is a combined role and it will be a split of 18.75 hours per week as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant and 18.75 hours per week as an Assistive Technology Assistant. There will be a requirement to work an additional 7.5 days (to be decided) during the school holidays to support the workload of the Assistive Technologists.
The successful candidate will have a strong focus on communication as well as a good knowledge of how technology can support individuals both in education and at home in order to support both teams.
Speech & Language Therapy Assistant
The Speech and Language Therapy Assistant role will include directly working with children and young people following prepared programmes under the direction of the Speech and Language Therapists. There will be a requirement to produce resources to support communication and update and programme technology. Good IT/technology skills are desirable.
To maintain accurate student records and to support the Therapists in maintaining relevant administrative systems
To make and maintain student communication resources including high tech communication aids
Use effective communication tools, verbal and non-verbal to communicate programmes to students, liaise with parents, teachers and other professionals
To work with school and residential staff to implement and embed therapy programmes
To be able to communicate well with a range of people
Assistive Technology Assistant
The role of AT Assistant will include management of mobile technology using the latest Mobile Device Management software and first line response to any ad-hoc queries in school. Administration of purchase orders, chasing orders and using SICON (financial software) to receive orders along with maintaining budget spreadsheets to track spending.
Additional responsibilities will include:
Continue to collate the AT data library of resources.
Develop and maintain an AT catalogue of equipment
Provide one to one support with staff to raise the level of IT competence in school
Create activities using software such as Boardmaker and Choose It Maker
Production of low tech resources
GCSE English and Maths grade A-C or equivalent level 2 qualification in literacy and numeracy
Previous experience of working directly with children and young people with limited communication skills
Ability to prioritise, work unsupervised and complete tasks to deadlines.
Excellent IT skills that include knowledge of Microsoft programmes and specialist software
Good written and verbal communication skills and ability to complete note recording
Excellent telephone manner
Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Pension scheme, on site gym, employee assistance and wellbeing programmes, access to physio, cycle to work scheme, free parking and lots more!
We offer good career development opportunities with performance related pay to progress your salary depending on qualifications, training and experience.
About Seashell Trust
Seashell Trust runs an Outstanding (Ofsted) special School, and a specialist College together with 17 on-site residential homes for children and young people with complex learning disabilities, physical disabilities and multisensory impairments.
We provide a caring environment that is safeguarded and committed to promoting learning, respect and independence, as well as dignity for all of our students. As part of our safer recruitment policy, successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check (no cost) and full references will be taken.
We value our employees and recognise the need to recruit, retain and develop highly skilled and committed talent who share our vision and values!
We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunities. Disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria on the person specification will be guaranteed an interview.
This charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Our vision is for the children and young people in our care is to be safe, happy and to achieve the best possible outcomes so that they are valued and valuable members of their communities.