Saturday, August 19, 2017

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer ABA tutor with Autism Support UK. We are looking for volunteer candidates to be trained up in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Positive Behaviour support, Autism, Behaviour management and the science of behaviour change working 1:1 with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The positions are on Saturdays over a 12 week period. You will be trained via training days and on the job coaching by Behavioural supervisors. We provide a minimum of 60 hours for work placement modules for university students. All trainee volunteer tutors that stay the full term will receive a certificate of participation and attendance.

You will be working alongside other volunteers and help support 30 children with Autism ranging between ages 18 months old to 11 years old. This will provide you with a rich understanding of the Autism Spectrum. Your experience will include data collection.

Perfect for anyone who has experience working with children in the childcare sector or Psychology students/ graduates who want to build upon their skills and put their psychological theory into real life work. & also get some clinical experience.

Many of our volunteers have the opportunity to get paid work through volunteering at ‘Autism Support UK’ as an ABA therapist with families in schools & on home programmes, a great way to carve out a career in the psychology field.

We are also looking for Volunteer experienced tutors to work as lead therapists (this will be great training for those who are tutors and wish to get more experience in training other tutors and taking more of a lead role. *Only two places left*.) Also we are looking for Volunteer supervisors or BCBA who wish to give some of their time per month to helping out Autism Support UK.

Click here to register Volunteer Today

Below is what our Volunteers say:

Megan Owen

Megan Owen

"When I found out that a Programme to support children with autism and behavioural difficulties was being created, I thought it was an amazing opportunity to be involved and become a volunteer.
MeganThe reason I wanted to volunteer, was because I wanted to gain more experience working with children with additional needs. Currently I have experience working with children as I've been a childcare student for four years; but I wanted to have more experience working with children with autism. This is because, I want to become a special needs teacher, in the future.
When I met Linzi, Kirsty and Vanessa they gave all the new volunteers such a warm welcome, they were all such friendly and caring people who gave us such excellent advice and provided good activities to give us a taste of what it would be like following the ABA programme.
When we attended the training session it allowed us to understand what we were going to focus on when working with the children and how to understand the target system. It also helped us understand how to complete ABA observations and learn the different forms of prompts we give children.
When I attended the training session I enjoyed meeting the people I would work with and allowed not to be so anxious when starting on my first day.
When the Saturday School started, the atmosphere felt amazing. All the positivity from everyone, made you feel happy; as soon as you walked through the door. I worked in group 1 with the youngest children. This room worked on targets alongside play, which was great.
When I first met the child I was pairing with was the best feeling in the world. She was such a joy to work with week after week. As the weeks progressed her smiles were getting bigger and brighter; just as astounding as the sunshine. Working with a child who gave no eye contact and didn't know how to play, I thought it was going to be a challenge. By the time she finished her eye contact was in incredible. Also being able to give her mobility opportunities was incredible.
It was great to have parents who trust you and value you and your practice with their child. When they walked away with big smiles on their faces, it helped you realise what a difference your making for that family, which makes me feel privileged.
This made me feel so proud of her and happy to be part of her play, learning and development.
I cannot wait to continue working at the Saturday School, Autism Support UK.
It has been such a great opportunity, I've learnt so much. Thank you 'Autism Support UK'"

Megan Owen