Location: Doucecroft School, Eight Ash Green, Colchester 

Salary: Band 5/Band 6 dependent upon experience and training 

Full-time: 42 week contract, 35 hours per week 

Job ref: D200

This is a unique opportunity to work with a friendly, experienced and specialist team in Autism. 

You will work closely with other therapists and teachers to provide specialist direct and indirect therapy for pupils and young adults with autism and related disabilities. Your work will include addressing sensory processing difficulties, anxiety and emotional regulation difficulties, motor and perpetual skills and functional life skills.

Your main duties will include:

  • Supporting and developing pupils’ ability to participate in functional skills of daily living and accessing the world around them
  • Encouraging pupils to develop self-help skills and promote their independence and well being
  • Helping to recognise and manage sensory processing difficulties and supporting pupils to regulate their sensory systems to enable them to access education
  • Making recommendations and adaptations to the pupil’s space to support teaching staff to create a positive learning environment


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following personal attributes:

  • A recognised Occupational Therapy degree/qualification
  • Health Care Professionals Council Licence to practice
  • Membership with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • 2 years proven experience working as an Occupational Therapist (ideally with children or within education)
  • Training in therapeutic approaches to improve fine and gross motor skills and motor planning.
  • Knowledge of special educational needs and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Experience in writing annual review reports to contribute towards Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
  • Line management experience would be useful, as well as giving clinical supervision
  • A confident, caring and pro-active attitude
  • Trained in Sensory Integration modules 1-3, see Training and Supervision

Training and Supervision

The school will be offering the right Occupational Therapist the opportunity to receive ongoing training in sensory integration modules 1 to 3 if needed, plus clinical supervision from an advanced practitioner. You may be looking to further your knowledge in this specialist area and we recognise that quality CPD is essential to meet the needs of our practitioners ensuring an excellent therapeutic environment for our children.
Alternatively, you may already be a qualified practitioner in sensory integration looking for clinical supervision, peer observation, and support.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a well-established charity. Autism Anglia provides ongoing training and supervision, continuing professional development and support as well as an extensive induction on commencement of employment.

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.  These posts are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

It is desirable that you hold a full driving licence.

In the first instance please send your CV to [email protected] or if you would like further information please call Head Office on 01206 913785. 

Closing date for applications: 26th March 2020 

If no response is received within 3 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. You are welcome to apply again for other positions.

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