Youth Support carer
Grey Lynn, Auckland
Grey Lynn, AUK
21h ago
source : ExploreJobs

We are looking for someone who enjoys spending time with young people, is patient and will be able to actively engage a 13 year old boy who loves animals and 1-on-1 time in activities that can help him build a sense of self-worth and enjoyment in life.

Our son has complex PTSD and is intellectually handicapped. He loves animals and is easily overwhelmed by social situations, especially with people his own age.

He needs someone who can spend 4 or 5 hours at a time with him doing activities, preferably outside the home, such as dog walking, playing ball or even going to the beach or the zoo.

Sometimes time together may include co-gaming online or taking him to an agreed activity. Our son is a kind and empathetic person who can have regular panic attacks which can result in a rage response.

The trick is to have clear structure and this role is part of providing that structure with pro-social interactions and activities which help to allow him to learn to self-regulate and to build his sense of self-worth.

We are looking for someone who has a long term commitment to building their relationship with our son so that he builds a trusting bond over time.

Tasks and duties include : Organising and taking our son to activities which interest him (going the beach, zoo, park, swimming, window shopping, dog walking.

  • being a companionwalking the dogassisting him to maintain his daily routineassisting him to cookhelping him organise his stuff / his roomsome basic gamingplay gamesSkills and availability : you genuinely like teenagersyou are patient and empatheticyou are not trying to "fix" his traumayou are able to do repetitive tasks that he enjoysyou are forgivingyou have a vehicle and a full drivers licenseyou will have a clear police check and are willing to get oneDuring school term time we probably need one 3-4 hour shift during the week in the afternoonWeekends, one 4-5 hour shift every second weekendSchool holidays two 4-5 hour shifts per week (negotiable depending on if you need to go away or we are away)
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