Location:   Doucecroft School, Eight Ash Green

Salary:   Band 6

Hours:   21 – 35 hours per week negotiable - full time (52 weeks) or term time (39 weeks) + 3 weeks

Job ref:   HO34

We are expanding our specialist services across the charity and have various opportunities within School Services, Diagnostic Services and Adult Services. This includes positions for a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist within School Services and within Diagnostics Services.

Autism Anglia’s Doucecroft School provides education and care for children and young people with autistic spectrum condition.  This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a well-established charity who provide to their staff ongoing training and supervision, continuing professional development and support as well as an extensive induction on commencement of employment.

As part of the Specialist Therapy Team, you will provide speech and language therapy input to the pupils within Autism Anglia’s Children’s Services based at Doucecroft School, a converted estate in a beautiful setting in Eight Ash Green, Colchester.

Additionally, you may wish to benefit from an exciting opportunity for a Speech and Language Therapist to work as part of our established Diagnostic service which is a charitable service also operating from our school in Eight Ash Green. 

As part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Clinical Psychologists), you may provide autism diagnostic assessments, and support the extension of a post-diagnostic service.

Your main duties will include:

  • Assessing new pupils’ and reviewing existing pupils’ communication needs within the school
  • Developing communication targets for your allocated pupils (in collaboration with teaching and care staff) and regularly monitoring and reviewing these targets
  • Delivering individual and group therapy, where required
  • Delivering training to the wider professional team to develop their skills in effective communication with individuals who have autism


  • A recognised qualification in Speech and Language Therapy - essential
  • Experience of working with individuals who have an Autism Spectrum Condition - essential
  • Competent clinical knowledge of communication problems associated with autism – essential
  • Experience of intervention techniques such as PECS, Intensive interaction, signing, visual support systems – essential


  • Autism diagnostic assessments using gold standard assessments of ADOS and ADI-R
  • Advising and collaborating with the Diagnostic team in pre and post diagnostic support, service development.

The successful applicant will be required to possess a full driving licence.

Working for us gives you access to a range of perks and benefits:

  • Extensive Induction and Learning & Development programmes, with nationally recognised qualifications
  • Job-related qualifications obtained during employment paid for by Autism Anglia (subject to conditions)
  • Flexible working hours (where possible) for study and time off given for job-related exams
  • Employee Referral Scheme
  • Access to Spectrum Life Employee Assistance Programme, Wellbeing Tools, including counselling services & the Benefits Hub, which will give you access to lots of shopping and entertainment discounts, instant discounted gift cards and cashback
  • Occupational Sick Pay (after 12 months)
  • Support & encouragement to progress and reach full potential within your chosen career
  • Pension scheme

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and expect all staff to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Autism Anglia is positive about inclusion and welcomes applications from individuals who are able to meet the requirements of the job position and may wish to request flexible working, or reasonable adjustments to support them.

In the first instance please send your CV and application form to [email protected] 

If no response is received within 3 weeks of submitting a full application form, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. You are welcome to apply again for other positions.

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