Classroom Facilitator - Level 1, Autism Services
LOCATION: On Site, McNicoll (North York) and Hartsdale (Etobicoke)
POSITION TYPE: Full-time Regular (37.5 hours/week)
POSTING CLOSING DATE: May 25, 2022
Lumenus Community Services is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We value a recruitment and selection process that is inclusive and barrier-free and we encourage applications from all individuals including, but not limited to, all cultures, religions, racialized communities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions.
Lumenus believes that immunization against COVID-19 is an individual and societal responsibility and that we must do everything possible to protect our clients, families, employees, students, volunteers and contractors against the spread of COVID-19. As a condition of employment, proof of full vaccination or exemption under the Ontario Human Rights Code must be submitted to Human Resources seven (7) calendar days prior to start date.
This position will also be posted externally by a Recruitment Firm on behalf of the Toronto Autism Services Network (Geneva Centre for Autism, Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Lumenus Community Services, SAAAC Autism Centre, Surrey Place Centre and Strides Toronto.
We are currently seeking multiple permanent full-time roles to support the Ontario Autism - Entry to School Program. The Entry to School program is a new service offering that supports families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are between the ages of 3 to 5 entering school for the first time.
The Entry to School program is a six-month, group-based, skill-building program focused on helping children develop school-readiness skills in a classroom setting. Each classroom will be operated by a multi-disciplinary team of Classroom Facilitators who will report into a Program Manager.
The Classroom Facilitator L1 will be responsible for working in classroom to deliver a group-based program focused on developing school-readiness skills (communication, play, social interactions, functional routines, behavioural self-management and pre-academics, learning and attention).
- Implementing appropriate learning activities and strategies (aligned to the individual Service Plans) designed to help the child reach their learning goals using early year’s pedagogy.
- Participate in singing, storytelling, acting, modelling play skills and engaging in play with children.
- Effectively use ABA teaching strategies such as Reinforcement, Verbal and Physical Prompts, Shaping, Chaining, Modelling and Fading.
- Monitor student behaviour and teaching appropriate behaviour.
- Address personal care requirements of the child during each session.
- Build rapport with children to support progress.
- Communicate and record day to day observations.
- Maintain materials and equipment and a tidy classroom.
- Keep supervisor and Classroom Facilitator L2 informed of program concerns and client progress (e.g. flagging exceptional circumstances and need for program change).
- Assist the Classroom Facilitator L2 and/or Program Supervisor in the following:
- Intake activities
- Assessing individual children’s skills, abilities, interests, strengths and needs
- Preparing and implementing activities as per curriculum
- Conducting skill-based assessments, curriculum assessments
- Development of Service Plans
- Evaluation of children’s progress toward program goals
- Participate in classroom and full team meetings; collaborate with other team members
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with families, care givers, partner agencies, internal team and volunteers.
- Review available information pertaining to all children in the classroom on a regular basis.
- Ensures overall health and safety of children enrolled in the program by maintaining a sanitary and safe environment and identifying children who are unwell.
- A Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Worker from an accredited college or university, or an undergraduate degree or diploma from a recognized university or college in a field related (i.e., social services, psychology or ABA)
- Minimum one (1) year working with preschool children (preferable post-graduation)
- A combination of experience and education may be considered.
- Experience working with children with ASD an asset.
- Knowledge of program planning and case management for children with development disabilities, including knowledge of atypical development preferred.
- Knowledge of behaviour management strategies.
- Ability to implement, and evaluate activities and experiences to meet individual and group needs of all children
- Strong interpersonal skills to gain trust and respect of children and their parents.
- Effective ability to interact with others and deal with situations in ways that respect diverse backgrounds, experience and styles.
- Demonstrated reliability (punctual and responsible).
- Ability to manage children with challenging behaviors and communicate effectively with parents in a positive way.
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as independently.
- Ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams.
- Proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
- Satisfactory current Vulnerable Sector Check and Criminal Records Check.
- Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19
- Classroom setting
- Must be able to wear a mask and shield throughout their shift.
- Must be willing to do cleaning duties.
- Ability to spend most of the day at the child’s level, i.e. sitting on the floor, or on child height chairs.
- Able to bend, stoop and lift child to adult height (up to 20 kg) and to move children’s furniture or equipment to prepare room for programming needs.
TO APPLY: Interested applicants are invited to visit our website at https://lumenus.ca/careers/ and submit their cover letter and resume through our Career Centre on or before May 25, 2022.
We ask applicants to make any accommodation requests for the interview or selection process known in advance by contacting the Human Resources Department. Human Resources will work together with the hiring committee to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation for the selection process which will enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.