Social Learning Instructor (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
3 hrs / week
Location: Yarraville Community Centre, Francis St, Yarraville
Schamozzle is a small performing arts school delivering drama education to children using process drama methods. The Social Learning Drama class is especially for children on the autism spectrum (low support needs/high functioning) with the aim of developing social skills through drama and storytelling. The class is a collaboration between Schamozzle & Dandelion Kids.
Role commences: Thursday 15th August
Help facilitate Social Learning Drama Classes Thursdays 4.30-6.30 each week during school terms in Yarraville (not required during school holidays).
3 hours a week during school terms – 2 contact hours + 1 hour preparation.
Duties & Nature of Work:
• Support the Drama Director to deliver a weekly lesson to primary aged children on the autism spectrum in a Social Learning Drama Class of up to 12 children.
• Participate with children and take on roles within the drama. While experience and skills in drama or acting are not important, willingness to enthusiastically take on roles and encourage children’s participation in and commitment to the drama stories is required.
• Help create and maintain a safe, supportive and fun learning environment
• Contribute to the development of curriculum by making links to social learning goals within the drama and in homework support material.
• In collaboration with Drama Director, prepare a one-page written document for parents each week outlining lesson and rationale and offering home practice suggestions.
• Debrief with parents in last 10 minutes of each class and offer suggested home practice.
To be Suitable for the Role Candidates Must Have:
- Knowledge and understanding of autism spectrum disorder and associated conditions plus experience of and passion for working with children with special needs. We use Michelle Garcia-Winner’s Social Thinking ™ vocabulary, concepts and strategies.
• Studying for or have completed tertiary qualifications in: Psychology, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Disability or associated fields would be highly considered.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to establish a rapport with children and their parents.
• Current Working with Children Check
The position will be paid an hourly rate under the Health Professional Support Services Award 2010 (range of $30.91 to $68.58 per hour) depending on qualifications and experience.
How to Apply:
Send applications comprising a cover letter and resume with two referees by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by 6pm on Thursday 8th August.
Enquiries can be directed to Suzanne Cox at email@example.com or 0416 104 947.