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The Star Academy: Reversing autism – one child at a time.

Centres are throughout South Africa in Johannesburg, Pretoria , Cape Town and Durban.

We are looking to recruit Psychology Students/ Students studying towards an undergraduate degree or honors degree – join our Star Academy team!

Working with children with autism, oppositional defiance disorder, ADHD, remedial of all ages (17months – 20 years). Each individual child has an Individualised Education Plan (IEP) that you will be part of executing. The number of children you work with will depend on your time available. You will be working with children in block sessions of 2.5 hours at a time. Location of where you deliver the program depends on the needs of each specific child. Program delivery can take place at one of our Academies, at school, in the home or in the community. Be part of changing the world for the better by teaching children the skills these children are missing and helping them overcome behavioral challenges and more.

Job Details

TRAVEL

The Star Academy are the best providers of education programs to children with special needs on the African continent. Star is an affiliate of the USA based Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) world leaders in autism treatment. For more information on CARD go to www.thecenterforautism.org. We have opportunities for you to travel overseas and work in other countries including:

  • Mauritius
  • London
  • Ghana
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Zambia

You will also be considered for assignments to Durban, Bloemfontein and other cities around South Africa.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Your daily responsibilities will be to deliver high quality education programs to children on the autism spectrum or with a related disorder. We will train you and ensure that you become experts in the delivery of a teaching methodology that has 30 years of research in support of it being a successful teaching methodology with children with autism and ADHD. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) which is the teaching methodology we follow has its roots in the basic principles of psychology. ABA coupled with our Skills developmental curriculum which is a developmental yardstick we use to set program is a recipe for success. Your duties will include interaction with parents, working in a team, building relationships with teachers at school, school facilitation and most importantly you are responsible for your child’s progress. ABA is based on statistical data so you will learn how to score your results and you will also learn from the best ABA providers on the African Continent.

REQUIREMENTS

We require the following documents to consider you for the position:

  1. Certified copy of matric certificate
  2. Contact details including email and telephone number
  3. Latest university academic transcripts
  4. Full Curriculum Vitae including references
  5. Certified copy of Identity document

Own car and studying towards a psychology degree preferable.

TRAINING

Once you have submitted the above documents to info@thestaracademy.co.za if your application is successful, we will contact you for an interview. Should you successfully pass your initial screen you will be invited to a buddy day where you will shadow one of our trainers working with at least two of our children so that you are able to get an idea of what the job entails. We will also be evaluating whether you are suitable for the position based on how you perform during the buddy day. Once you pass your buddy day the next step will be theory training which generally takes one week to complete. Thereafter you will be required to write an exam and achieve a passing mark of 80 percent. Thereafter you will be invited to attend practical training for two weeks. Should you pass your field exam you will be presented with an employment opportunity.

After you have been working for Star Academy for approximately 6 months you will be eligible to sit for the Board-Certified Autism Technician Exam (BCAT). Once you receive this certification you will be registered with the Behavioral Intervention Certification Council (BICC) in the USA that regulated aba globally. Upon receipt of this accreditation you will be required to undergo continuous supervision and training to retain your certification. You can study further and many of our staff are enrolled at the USA based Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) for further studies in ABA. Should you already have an honors degree you can consider enrolling at FIT for a BCABA – Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. Should you have a master’s degree you would qualify for your BCBA – Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification which is the top certification in ABA.

The Star Academy’s BCBA’s will provide you with continued supervision and training which will enhance your skills to deliver top quality ABA programs.

SALARY RANGE

Your salary will depend on which location you work at and how many hours a week you are available to deliver the ABA programs.

WORKING HOURS

Full time:

Option 1: 8am – 16h00
Option 2:8am – 18h00

Part time:

We require at least 20 hours a week for you to qualify for our part time position.

We work in block sessions daily from:

8:00 am – 10:30am
10:30 to 13:00 or 13:30
13:00 to 15:00
14:00 – 16:00

Saturday session:

9am to 12pm

We are looking for students who are:

  1. Passionate about children
  2. Hard working and responsible
  3. Creative and Intelligent
  4. Own car preferable
  5. Looking for practical work experience
  6. Punctual and willing to learn and go the extra mile
  7. Up for a challenge

Commitment for at least one year required! We do consider leave for exam preparation and will allow you to take leave for exams.

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You will establish friendships that will last a lifetime and learn many life skills including how to work in a team, interacting with parents and much more!

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